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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Regarding GM food in particular, the media have focused on environmental and health risks (Ruth & Rumble, 2016), despite decades of research on the safety of the food (NAS, 2016a; Nicolia, Manzo, Veronesi, & Roesllini, 2014).
Overall, many people hold skeptical views of climate scientists and GM food scientists; a larger share express trust in medical scientists, but there, too, many express what survey analysts call a "soft" positive rather than a strongly positive view.
Figure 3shows the responses to statements on perceptions of benefits regarding GM foods. For the statement "GM food will increase yields and offer a solution to Tanzania's food problem,"27.9% of respondents strongly agreed, 18.1% agreed, 6.3% disagreed, 17.1% strongly disagreed,19.9% of respondents neither agreed nor disagreed and 10.8% had no opinion.
The first GM commercial release of a licensed GM food for human consumption was a tomato in 1994 by Calgene, a California company.
Mr Cottle, 68, who grew GM maize on his Birchenfield Farm during a two-year trial in the early 2000s, said: "They've been eating (GM) food in America for a long time and there's never been any comeback on GM food being dangerous or anything, has there?" The National Academies is a US government advisory body which counts more than 300 Nobel laureates as members.
"GM food safety testing market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.9%"
Public interest and open protest over GM food may be at a low because the food industry has made it hard to tell what farmed animals have been fed on, and we can't all afford to only buy from Marks & Spencer and Waitrose to ensure non-GM food.
With this, Gujarat becomes the 11th state in the country to go against GM food crops even though, ironically, it would still allow the production of Bt cotton.
This debate regarding GM food labeling policy has brought about a divide over GM food labeling requirements between proponents and opponents of GM foods, including governments, individual companies and activist groups (Ho, Vermeer, & Zhao, 2006).
Feasibility and methods for post-marketing monitoring of GM food products, for the continued surveillance of the safety of GM food products, are under discussion.
NICK Clegg opened up the prospect of a Coalition rift yesterday by revealing he does not "knowingly" give his children GM food.
It is to be mentioned here that the international rules for labelling of GM food vary considerably.