Benefits of GM foods outweigh risks

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 June, 2011, 12:00am


Genetically modified (GM) food comes from organisms whose DNA has been changed. This technology has sparked controversy as some people say it goes against the rules of nature. What's more, we don't know what it might do to humans and the environment.

Also, some people are allergic to GM foods. And some ecologists worry that the release of GM organisms into the natural environment will alter the food chain, which may result in the extinction of species.

While critics see only the risks of GM foods, I believe we should continue to produce them. Genetic engineering can help us produce large amounts of higher-quality, longer-lasting food more quickly.

In developing countries, where many people face starvation, this technology could save lives. It also reduces waste, as it extends the lifespan of foods.

I believe the benefits of GM food outweigh the risks. Times change, and so should our solutions to global problems.

Elle Cheng Tsz-lam, The YWCA Hioe Tjo Yoeng College

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Elle. You touch on some very important points. People living in rich countries should not be eating GM food if they don't want it. They should at least be given a choice through a decent labelling system.

But just because wealthy countries don't need GM food, it does not mean its production should be stopped. Places like Africa and South America, and even some countries in Asia, need whatever help they can get with food production. For them, it is literally an issue of life or death.

Susan, Editor