genetically modified food

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Any food genetically modified to resist or tolerate pesiticides, insects, or viruses, or to decrease spoilage, produce antibodies, decrease fatty acid synthesis, or increase production of certain amino acids

ge·net·i·cal·ly mod·i·fied food

(jĕ-net'ik-ă-lē mod'i-fīd fūd)
Scientifically altered foodstuffs intended to limit exposure of the plants or animals to disease or spoilage. Concerns about safety and efficacy have been raised worldwide.
Synonym(s): frankenfood.

genetically modified food

Any crop or agricultural product altered by biological engineering for drought resistance, increased growth, resistance to pests or pesticides, prolonged shelf-life, altered textures or flavors, or other economically or commercially desirable characteristics. Promoters of genetically modified foods point to their improved yields (which may have a beneficial impact on agricultural profits or world hunger). Opponents of genetic modification have raised concerns about its effects on ecosystems, human food allergies, and religious dietary laws.
Synonym: bioengineered food
See also: food
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GENETICALLY-modified crops have been prohibited in Northern Ireland.
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This has prompted strong debate across Europe, with sharp disagreements between the proponents and opponents of genetically-modified crops.
Let us not forget that opinion polls consistently show massive public opposition to genetically-modified crops in Wales.
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PRINCE Charles's speech in Germany in which he attacked experiments with genetically-modified crops as an "acute threat" to organic farmers sounded safe enough.
The BBC was yesterday accused by one of its own scientific advisers of inflaming the hysteria surrounding genetically-modified crops.

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