GMO – what is it?

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) refer to organisms, predominantly plants or animals, whose genetic material has been altered through genetic engineering. This modification typically seeks to introduce desired characteristics, such as resistance to pests, enhanced nutritional content, or better adaptability to environmental conditions. While GMOs offer potential advantages like increased yields or reduced dependency on chemicals, they have also been the subject of discussions and concerns relating to environmental, health, and ethical considerations.

Most common questions

1. Why are GMOs used in the food industry?

GMOs offer several benefits for the food industry. Enhanced resistance to pests can lead to higher crop yields, while modifications like longer shelf life can reduce food wastage. Furthermore, genetic modifications can enhance the nutritional profile of certain foods, offering potential health benefits to consumers.

2. What’s the difference between GMOs and traditionally bred plants?

While traditional breeding involves crossing plants or animals of the same or related species to combine desirable traits, GMOs are created by directly altering their DNA, often incorporating genes from unrelated species or even synthetic genes. This direct genetic engineering can produce specific and targeted modifications in a shorter time frame compared to traditional methods.

3. How do GMOs impact the feed industry?

GMOs play a significant role in the feed industry. Genetically modified crops can be engineered to have higher nutritional content or to be more digestible, thereby enhancing the efficiency and health benefits of animal feeds. However, the use of GMOs in feeds can also raise concerns, especially if the end products (like meat or milk) are intended for human consumption.

4. Are there health concerns related to consuming GMOs?

The topic of GMOs and health is extensively researched and debated. Many scientific bodies and international agencies, such as the World Health Organization, have stated that approved GMOs are no more risky than conventional foods. However, some groups raise concerns about potential long-term health effects or the impact of specific modifications. It’s crucial to base consumption decisions on well-established scientific evidence.

5. How does Foodcom S.A. handle GMO products in its trade?

Foodcom S.A. is committed to transparency, quality, and adhering to international standards and regulations. When trading in GMO products, the company ensures that all goods are clearly labeled and compliant with local and international guidelines. Moreover, Foodcom S.A. engages in rigorous quality checks and offers non-GMO alternatives to cater to diverse market demands and preferences.