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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While Iran has banned GM crops from being cultivated in Iran, Jalali-Javaran said Iran imports about $5 billion worth of genetically-modified crops every year, primarily soybeans, corn and rapeseed.
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LIKE most columnists, if I predict something and get it wrong I'll quietly forget writing such a silly thing, but if I get it right I'll remind everyone, as follows: On August 4 last year I described on this page my alarm and disquiet at the way the supposedly-impartial Food Standards Agency seemed hostile to organic production and biased in favour of genetically-modified crops. I pointed out how its website waxed lyrical on GM with an almost derisory dismissal of organic.
This has prompted strong debate across Europe, with sharp disagreements between the proponents and opponents of genetically-modified crops.
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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.

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