Is it time to rethink GMO foods?

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GMO foods, sometimes called Frankenfoods have been thought of as-synthesized food that was made in a laboratory and can do harmful things to us. Foods have been genetically modified naturally for years and more recently, with the use of genetic engineering of  DNA. Some of these foods have been associated with companies like Monsanto, which makes Roundup. However, many of these foods have been shown to have health benefits beyond the regular food it was derived from. The NY Times just did an article on GMO foods, citing that many of these foods are good and nutritious and may prevent certain illnesses or help us live longer. While synthesized foods may give us pause, the truth is that a trustworthy company looking for better foods with higher yields can help us feed the world better, and more nutritiously. Early GMO foods were modified for the benefit of the company that manufactured them.   Monsanto tied their foods to their products and charged farmers a premium for their usage.   On the other hand, genetically engineered foods can be developed to enhance yields and nutrition for the greater good. Check out the article below

Learning to Love G.M.O.s

By Jennifer Kahn July 20, 2021 On a cold December day in Norwich, England, Cathie Martin met me at a laboratory inside the John Innes Centre, where she works. A plant biologist, Martin has spent almost two decades studying tomatoes, and I had traveled to see her because of a particular one she created: a lustrous, dark purple variety that is unusually high in antioxidants, with twice the amount found in blueberries. At 66, Martin has silver-white hair, a strong chin and sharp eyes that give her a slightly elfin look. Her office, a tiny cubby just off the lab, is so packed with binders and piles of paper that Martin has to stand when typing on her computer keyboard, which sits surrounded by a heap of papers like a rock that has sunk to the bottom of a snowdrift. “It’s an absolute disaster,” Martin said, looking around fondly. “I’m told that the security guards bring people round on the tour.” On the desk, there’s a drinks coaster with a picture of an attractive 1950s housewife that reads, “You say tomato, I say [expletive] you.” Read more