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CONSUMER ALERT
         Genetically Modified Foods and Health Risks

Genetic Modification or                              ...
Our Food, Whose Choice?
                              ... Consumers Take Action!

KEEPING CONSUMERS INFORMED


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9. Foods better suited to the
nutritional needs of both humans and
animals.




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Gm Os And Health

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Gm Os And Health

  1. 1. CONSUMER ALERT Genetically Modified Foods and Health Risks Genetic Modification or problems, what Genetic Engineering ingredient provoked the extracts genes bearing a reaction. specific, hereditary trait from one organism Antibiotic Resistance (animals, plants, The British Medical bacteria) and artificially Tomatoes are among the foods Association has called inserts them into a being genetically modified. attention to the risk to completely different human health from organism (e.g. food antibiotic resistance crops). The main causes for developing in micro- concern to human health organisms, and that this Currently, crops such as from Genetically will be a major threat in corn, soyabean, Modified Foods (GMF) the future. potatoes, and tomatoes are adverse allergic are the main crops reactions, build-up of Also, although the use being grown from resistance to antibiotics of antibiotic resistance genetic engineering. and the potential for genes as markers is new, or more toxins in being phased out, they How can consumers foods. are present in many GM identify GM foods and foods and can increase how can you avoid Food allergies resistance to antibiotics, them? making disease harder to Genetic Modification control. In the absence of can transfer allergies labelling, it is very from foods people know Toxic Effects difficult. According to cause allergies to foods Greenpeace, GM soya is they think are safe. Genetic manipulation present in about 60 Failure to label can increase levels of percent of all soy Genetically Modified natural plant toxins in derivatives including Foods means that foods or create new vegetable oils, soy flour, people with allergies toxins in unexpected lecithin, and soy protein. have no way of knowing ways. GM corn can be found whether they are eating in 50 percent of all corn potentially risky foods, (Source: consumers products and foods. or in the event of International) made from corn, such as Genetically Modified cornstarch, cornflakes Foods and Health Risks Contact us at: (876) 926-1650-2 (Head Office) or (876) 940-6154 (Montego Bay Office)
  2. 2. Our Food, Whose Choice? ... Consumers Take Action! KEEPING CONSUMERS INFORMED BOTH SIDES OF THE GM DEBATE Those against GM foods say.... 7. GM foods are bad for farmers. They can lead to more intensive 1. GM foods contain genes from farming, forcing more small farmers totally different species, e.g. fish genes out of business. in tomatoes for longer ‘shelf life’. Those in support of GM foods say... 2. GM foods may endanger health. There are benefits to expect in the There has been no research into the future: long-term effects of eating such foods. 1. Foods with a higher content of 3. GM foods are unnecessary. vitamins, minerals, or protein. Countries with food shortages cannot benefit, as farmers will not be able to 2. Fruits and vegetables which stay afford the new seeds, which are under fresh longer. monopoly control of huge multinational companies. 3. Crops resistant to insect attack which don’t require spraying. 4. GM foods deny consumer choice. They are not properly labelled so that 4. Hardier crops that are drought or we may know if our foods contain frost tolerant and better adapted to GMOs difficult growing conditions (genetically modified organisms). 5. Eliminating allergy causing 5. GMOs can spread into other crops. problems from foods such as peanuts Pollen from GM crops can spread and rice modified genes into other crops and weeds. 6. Healthier cooking oils from soy, canola and plants to reduce saturated 6. GM foods are a threat to wildlife. fat content They are designed to be resistant to herbicides & pesticides (made by the 7. Low fat chips which absorb less companies that developed GM foods) oil. so farmers use more sprays to eliminate 8. Quicker diagnosis of diseases in weeds and pests. plants. Contact us at: (876) 926-1650-2 (Head Office) or (876) 940-6154 (Montego Bay Office)
  3. 3. 9. Foods better suited to the nutritional needs of both humans and animals. Contact us at: (876) 926-1650-2 (Head Office) or (876) 940-6154 (Montego Bay Office)

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