Listen to two friends talking about genetically modified food. Frank is for GM food, but Ann is against it.

Professionals Podcasts - Biotechnology


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Well in my country too the genetically modified food has taken place of natural food and there are not enough rules and regulation amendment to control over them. Everything is bogus here and you can easily bribe the authorities who are checking the food quality.
It will be a disaster for the upcoming human breed in my country as we are noticing so many health issues due to this GM food like diahorrea, hair loss

I dont know what are the lawyers to GM food in my country Mexico.
Regarding to the other question, I think that GM food would be a threat to the living beings and to the world in general because it pollute the ground, and as the text states, it interrumpt the feed chain. Also the GM food can be dangerous to the humans, nobody knows if it can produce an letal diseases and in my opinion we have to be natural with ourselves.

I live in Italy, and I've read on the internet, that my country is OGM free, so every GM food is forbidden.
Anyway, I look at OGMs both with hope and worry, because they simultaneously can threaten us and be useful to us. For example, it could be useful to modify some vegetables or fruits that farmer are struggling with in a certain period. Also, we could make beans a high biological value food, giving us the opportunity to not eat fish and meat as much as we do now, or at least I think so.
However, there are some risks, as Ann says. The most worrying one is the extinction of animals and plants species, that's why I think it's important to build a lab in which every species is stored, in such a way species cannot become extinct.
OGMs are a great opportunity for the human being, if they know their limits and don't try to go though them, but the fear is comprehensible as we like to go too far.

I'm against GM food. It may negatively impact not only animals, but humans as well. If rats die because of chemical meal, means that it also can be harmful for people, as it's said 'We are what we eat'. Obviously, we will not see its effects immeadiately, but most probably it will be noticed on our future generation. I think soon we will have compeletely different humans. So, demand natural and fresh products!)))

In Sri Lanka only about two GM products are available . The wheat flour and soya products are the only two we eat as GM products. Most vegetables we eat are hybrid products. We import most seed from other countries.

i'm sorry, in my comment I want say maize, not crop.

In Brazil I think that a GM waits 10-15 years to be marketed. The transgenics can be good and bad. I believe that we need to know how to use them.
We have a example, our Bt crop. These crop is resistent to a broad, so when we use these crop we can use less insecticides. But it's necessary to respect some things, like a period of Empty sanitary.
In my opinion we need to learn how word with GM - Farmers, consumers and governments- and to find a new type of agriculture, that can be more economically and environmentally sustainable.

In my country, Chile, there are many controversial debates about this issue, beacuse Chile started producing GM seeds in 1996, and since then , it has become the 5th largest producer of GM seeds, to export. Chile don´t allow use GM seeds for national or domestical cultivation, but there is a "legal gap"about the exportation of it. So, there are 2 political postures for that issue, in one hand, the Chilean senate is reviewing a bill that allows multinational companies to pattent GM seed in Chile ( companies like Monsanto) , and in the other hand the oponents argue that patents rights would allow corporations to increase the seed´s price and restrict their use.
I have a neutral opinion because in one hand I´m worried about the damage to nature for the use of GM seeds by farmers around the world, but in the other hand i thinks it´s good for the productivity, because it generates higher incomes, by the increase crop productivity and lowers the productivity costs. Other benefits are that this techonology may estimulates the amounts of vitamins in products

According with the first question, in my country Spain the law allow to sale GM food. Most of the countries in the EU have decided no to allow the cultivation of transgenic plants in their territories like France or Germany but Spain isn't one of them, so the planting of genetically modified maize is still in force.

According with the second question, in my opinion GM foof is a threat to the future because its cultivation involves the uses of pesticides against pests harmful to health ( such as glyphosate )

I don't think we cultivate any GMOs here in Algeria, yet, they are imported from other countries such as France and Spain. GMFs are more expensive than organic food, however, much more pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers are used in organic farming, the damage of which isn't less than GMOs.