What are some pros and cons of GMO foods?


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Some pros of genetically modified foods include better overall quality and taste of the food, more resistance to disease and more nutrition benefits, according to Health Research Funding. Some cons of GMO foods are environmental damage, no economic benefits and an increase in allergies.

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When modifying foods, it is possible to enhance the flavors, making them taste better or intensifying the sweetness or spiciness. Genetic modification of plants and animals can lead to disease resistance. It is possible to add vitamins and minerals to GMO foods which increases the nutritional value of the food. This is beneficial for certain people, such as those living in developing countries, who do not have access to nutrients in other ways.

GMO crossbreeding and growing plants and animals in conditions that normally could not support those species can cause damage to the environment. For example, weeds that crossbreed with GMO plants can become resistant to herbicides. GMO foods do not grow any faster than unmodified foods so there is no economic advantage to growing these foods. Several studies show that the intake of GMO foods raises the risk of allergic reactions from food. As of 2016, it is unclear if there are any long term consequences of GMO consumption.

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