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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The debate over genetically modified food originated in the early 1980s.
Since the inception of the mandatory labeling policy, the EU government has incrementally stretched its labeling regulation by continuously broadening the definition of what constitutes a "genetically modified food" and, more recently, by requiring full traceability across the agrifood supply chain.
Essentially, the regulation requires anyone placing a genetically modified food on the market to inform the recipient of the food in writing that it was derived from a genetically modified source.
Ecumenical church and relief organizations have called for guidelines on the use of genetically modified food in their emergency aid operations, says the Lutheran World Federation.
The complaint came a few days after Britain's academy of science, the Royal Society, said there's no evidence that eating genetically modified food is any more harmful than eating non-genetically modified food.
The EU Council of Agriculture Ministers formally adopted on March 17 its common positions on two Regulations, one on the traceability and labelling of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) and the traceability of food or feed produced from GMOs (amending Directive 2001/18 on GMOs), and the other on genetically modified food and feed.
It's one thing to label genetically modified food so that consumers can choose whether they really want to eat it or not, as Nestle advocates.

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