Genetically altered foods are foods that are obtained or derived from genetically modified organisms. These genetically modified organisms are organisms in which their genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a manner which does not occur in the natural realm. The genetic modification usually takes place by the introduction of genes from a dissimilar organism. Presently, the genetically altered foods that are available stem mainly from plants. However, with advanced research on DNA, in the future foods that are derived from genetically modified microorganisms or animals are expected to be launched in the market.
Genetically altered foods have become popular and as a result there has been an increased public awareness and concerns about the future of the GMOs. With increased scientific research regarding the DNA genetic modification, the future in promising with regards to the technology. At the present moment, the existing genetically altered foods are developed mainly to improve the yield. These genetically modified plants have been designed so as to be resistant to plant diseases with an enhanced tolerance of herbicides. In the near future, genetic altered foods will be designed so as to alter the actual nutrient food content and also reduce the food’s allergenic potential. Generally, the genetically altered foods are designed in a manner so as to improve the food production efficiency through high yields.
The future development of genetically altered foods is targeting not only in improving the yield and disease resistance but develop genetically altered foods that can improve an individual’s health. These foods can also be developed in a manner that will make it possible for the foods to contain essential nutrients that can fight diseases. For instance, there is an advanced research in the development of genetically altered foods that can assist in fighting cancer. In conclusion, genetically altered foods have a promising future due to the increased scientific inventions mainly in producing foods that are beneficial to human beings. However, there are several controversies and uncertainties surrounding the technology even though GMO will considerably impact the future food production.
Teitel, Martin, and Kimberly A. Wilson. Genetically Engineered Food: Changing the Nature of Nature. Rochester: Park Street Press, 2001. Print.