Details of plans to allow “Frankenstein” foods have been revealed by the European Food Safety Authority. This watchdog group outlines the policy requirements for the introduction of these foods. “Frankenstein” foods are genetically modified animals and vegetables that have been altered to be more healthy or more sustainable. The controversy is that if these policies are passed, the grocers will be under no obligation to label these ingredients as such.
The genetic modifications that are currently looking for EU acceptance are mainly for insects. Currently there is a company called Oxitec that has developed a sterile moth. This moth devastates farmers crops of cabbages and cauliflower. By releasing sterile moths, the wild moths will unsuccessfully breed with them. This will cause a massive reduction in the moth birth rate populations and will immediately help farmers keep their crops. The use of the GM moths will cause a direct proportional disuse of pesticides. Environmental scientists worry that untested and uncontrolled use of these GM insects will cause further detrimental effects in the ecosystem.
Genetically modified foods hold the key to solving world hunger and the preservation of our natural resources. Those protesting the release of these products for consumers are calling for further testing before they are publicly available.
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