Do you think GM food is healthy? Different people may have different opinions even the English royal family is not an exception.
According to a recent story on the Guardian, Princess Anne has strongly backed genetically modified crops, saying she would grow them on her own land. However, prince Charles has long been opposed GM food and has said it will cause the “biggest disaster environmentally of all time”.
GM foods refer to those foods that use genetically modified technology which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally by mating or natural recombination.
Although the production of GM food benefits both producers and consumers, some people concern it may cause health problem including allergy and even poison.
“I have never knowingly buy or eat GM food. What worries me is how much of this stuff I might have eaten without realizing due to lax labeling rules and contamination.” Trevor Mendham from England told the BBC.
In fact, we can’t avoid GM food in our daily life. It is increasingly difficult to avoid produce from livestock fed GM crops and it is in most meat sold in restaurants and supermarkets, according to National Farmers’ Union.
A shocking 80 per cent of maize and soya beans, which are the main sources of food for cattle, are now GM due to the global nature of food sold in British supermarkets and on the wholesale market, according to Express.
But countries from around the world are trying to help consumers choose the right product they want.
Last year, with former US president Obama signing a law that would require all food labels to declare whether the item contains genetically modified, local consumers may soon be more flexible when choosing food in the supermarket.
And according to British supermarkets, customers who don’t want to buy GM foods can choose to buy organic food.
Waitrose says: “We fully understand that some customers would like a wider choice of produce from animals fed on a non-GM diet.
“With that in mind, all the animals that supply our organic meat, eggs and milk are fed a non-GM diet.” Express reported.
In Iceland, one of Britain’s leading supermarkets, people can find all products that are non-genetically modified. The supermarket had banned genetically modified ingredients since 1998.
“I think we cannot say that GM food is definitely healthy. So I try to avoid buying those food,” said Sharon Brown who works at a potato chip restaurant in England. “Shopping in Iceland is convenient because you don’t need to spend time checking labels or worrying about whether the food you buy are genetically modified or not.”