GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, seems so be all the rage these days. But what exactly are they? Are they bad or good for our health? As we dig deeper into this topic, it turns out that everything is not as black and white as we perceive.
What are they?
GMOs are living organisms whose genetic material has been modified through various means of genetic engineering. Genes are artificially manipulated and selected to ensure that only specific and desirable traits are carried on. Currently, there are no federal laws in the US that require food manufacturers to label GM foods.
The Good News
Even with all the bad press, there are beneficial side effects to growing GM foods. These foods are usually modified to be resistant against weeds and pests so reduces the need for herbicides and pesticides. This means that there are less chemicals and non-natural substances that are being consumed by eating GM foods. The modifications usually associated with GM foods often calls for higher yields and therefore increases food production. GM foods require less tillage and plowing, thus reducing carbon emissions and greenhouse gases. There are multiple cases where GM foods can produce more food in less space, and can therefore more adequately feed a rapidly growing population. The modified foods can also have an increase in desirable components such as nutrients.
Not So Good News
Although GMOs are manipulated to only produce desirable traits, its effect on the human body is still largely unknown, controversial, and debated. GMOs are created with the mindset of increasing food production and profit margins. Compared to its natural counterparts, GMOs usually grow exponentially faster and requires less maintenance. However, it is nearly impossible for the average consumer to choose whether a product contains GMO as there are no laws requiring such labels on foods in the US. Whatever your feelings towards GMOs are, the only sure fire way to know is to grow your own food. With Droponic, starting and maintaining your very own indoor garden is a breeze. Be in charge of your food today!