Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Is it a bird? A plane? No, it's Superfood.

       I don't particularly enjoy math, and I find that I have a tendency to zone off while reading about it. So, this week I'm going to blog about an economic idea that we haven't really touched on but I've been interested in lately.
       Some of the most commonly found ingredients in our processed food are corn, soy, and canola. Most people eat blindly, not taking the time to read the ingredients on the back of their food, this helps them stay away from the realization that some of the  most commonly found ingredients in their food is genetically modified.
       So what is genetically modified food? According to GMOanswers.com, it is "Biotechnology in plant agriculture has come to mean the process of intentionally making a copy of a gene for a desired trait form one plant or organism and using it in another plant. The result is a GMO (genetically modified organism)." This means that it is food (in this scenario) that has been changed for specific reasons such as more vitamins or antioxidants, a plant that produces more crop, a plant that has a resistance to insects, or even a plant that holds more resistance against the weather.These are all improvements made on the idea of better, more sufficient food.
      Genetically modified foods could change the health of many third world countries. Recently, there has been a product called golden rice that has been genetically modified to contain B-carotene and vitamin A. This was developed specifically for people in countries that are lacking nutrition. Other foods have been modified to help prevent cancers as well as improve heart conditions.
      If given the chance, these super foods could change our economic world. They would not only create more food with less money and land, but they would                                                                        
improve the health of many people. Genetically modified foods have the potential to improve our lifestyles and are already on their way to doing so.

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