More and more genetically modified foods are being sold in the market. Therefore, it is extremely necessary to analyze and compare the differences between traditional foods and genetically modified foods.
Genetically modified food – GMO
Genetically modified food (GMO) is a term that refers to foods (including both animals and plants) that have been biologically modified to modify, through genetic engineering, the natural genes of the plant. Cultivated animals have been modified to improve nutritional value, yield, taste, and resistance to pests and diseases.
Organic food – Organic
These are agricultural products that are grown, preserved, and processed in a purely natural environment, without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, biotechnology, and chemical radiation. To achieve organic certification, organic products must go through many steps of thorough testing right from the beginning of being grown.
Organic food is grown in an environment without the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.
As agricultural products, livestock is raised by traditional methods. However, there is still the intervention of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides… Animals raised by the Non-GMO method are still fed synthetic foods derived from genetically modified products.
What is the difference between genetically modified food and traditional food?
Origin of birth
Traditional foods are derived from nature, and genetically modified foods are products of modern biotechnology. Morphologically, genetically modified foods can be similar or different from traditional foods, depending on which traits are included in the gene regulation?
When genetically modified plants carry modified genes that are not morphologically expressed such as herbicide resistance, insect resistance, drought tolerance, etc., they are completely similar to traditional foods.
When plants carry genetically modified genes, change traits to produce products such as genes that promote growth, genes that produce color compounds, it is different from traditional foods in size and color…
Genetically modified foods are the product of modern biotechnology.
Differences in quality
Genetically modified foods can have the same or better overall quality and taste. Through the modification of foods, flavors can be enhanced. Chili peppers are spicier or can become sweeter. Corn can also turn out sweeter. The taste becomes more palatable.
In addition, genetically modified foods may have added vitamins and minerals through genetic modification to provide greater nutritional benefits to those who eat them. This is especially common in countries that do not have favorable conditions for food sources.
Depending on the region of the world, people often have different attitudes towards food in general.
In addition to nutritional value, food often has social, historical, and in some cases religious implications.
Consumers can freely choose the type of food for themselves through the origin, label, and code of the product.
The genetically modified products on the market today certainly pass all risk assessments carried out by the authorities of each country.
The assessments vary but are all based on some of the same basic principles, including consideration of potential hazards to the environment and human health. Evaluations are usually quite thorough and demonstrate that there is no concern for human health when using genetically modified products.