Reading this article in Business Newspapers, I can tell you that the questions about Genetically Modified Food have answers.
I decided to use this important write-up on this food blog to give you the needed information you must have been yearning for. You can read the rest by clicking on the link…
Persisting concerns raised over the health implications of Genetically Modified (GM) or engineered foods to the consumers and the inadequate enlightenment of their advantages have undermined their acceptance of these foods.
In Nigeria. For instance, in recent times there have been allegations of the importation and flooding the Nigerian markets with apples, bananas and sundry fruits that are products of genetic modification. So, what are they?
According to Wikipedia ‘Genetically modified foods, also known as genetically engineered foods, or bioengineered foods are foods produced from organisms that have had changes introduced into their DNA using the methods of genetic engineering.
GE foods have had their DNA changed using genes from other plants or animals.
It could also be done using bacteria and other very small organisms.
Scientists take the gene for a desired trait( colour, flavour, texture, early maturation, greater yield) in one plant or animal, and they insert that gene into a cell of another plant or animal.
Genetic engineering, therefore, allows scientists to move desired genes from one plant or animal into another.
Another name for this is genetically modified organisms or GMOs.
It is however important to note that the process to create GE foods is different from that of selective breeding.
This involves selecting plants or animals with desired traits and breeding them. With time, this results in offspring with those desired traits.
One of the problems identified with selective breeding is that it can also result in traits that are not desired.
Read more – https://businessday.ng/news/article/facts-and-fiction-of-gm-foods-in-nigeria-2/