In some quarters gm food is cited as being unnatural

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In some quarters, GM food is cited as being ‘unnatural’, although this accusation could be levelled at all of our food, which has been produced over millennia by artificial breeding. Very few commercialized crops would be able to survive unaided in nature. When considering ‘natural’ food production, it should be recognized that technology has always played an important part in the food industry. For example, antibiotics are widely used in feed in the poultry industry, and modern varieties of wheat were produced with the aid of radiation-induced mutation.Scientists were greeted with expressions of outrage in many quarters when they genetically engineered frost-resistant plants with a gene from a cold water fish– and yet fish and plants have a large proportion of genes in common, as do all living creatures. Opposition to GM crops is perceived to be greater in the EU compared with other countries such as the USA, where food from GM crops has become part of the normal diet. However, the situation is complex and UK public opinion is perhaps not so set against GM crops as is generally believed. Surveys have reported findings in which only 13% of consumers said they actively avoid GM foods, while 74% were not sufficiently concerned to actively avoid it. This seems surprising considering the amount of anti-GM media coverage. From many of these articles it would seem appropriate to assume that the public as a whole are adamantly opposed to GM foods, but this is not substantiated by the surveys conducted Nevertheless, considerable opposition to GM crops does exist and scientists must engage with the public to a much greater extent to ensure that the subject is debated rationally. This opposition is having many serious effects, not least
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15 International University, Vietnam National University - HCMC Plant Physiology because many developing countries that could benefit from the technology will not take it up as long as they believe that there remain significant areas of concern and that they will not be able to export produce to the EU market.The implementation of the improvements to the design of GM crops discussed in this report would also further reassure the general public and pave the way for widespread acceptance of a technology that will be crucial in helping to alleviate current and future challenges in food and medicine supply. Reference https://gmoanswers.com/ask/what-materials-are-used-create-gmos-how-will-technology-be- changed-or-adapted-future https://gmoanswers.com/do-gmos-cause-allergies-0 http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/86812/vietnam-gives-green-light-to-genetically- modified-crops.html http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/86812/vietnam-gives-green-light-to-genetically- modified-crops.htm l https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2408621/
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