There are a large number of concerns about genetically modified organisms and genetic engineering. Many feel that there has not been sufficient testing of the effects of this technology on both the environment and humans. Specific concerns about genetically modified organisms include:
Allergic reactions: One potential problem is that with known allergens; for example, inserting genes from nuts into other foods without the public’s awareness. There is also the fear that all of this playing around with genes could create new allergies.
Gene mutation: There are questions about the stability and integrity of organisms after forcing genes from one organism into another. Could this lead to abnormalities and further organism mutation? How would this affect human DNA?
Antibiotic resistance: Most GMO food contains antibiotic resistance “marker genes.” These help producers determine whether gene transfers have been successf...
If you’re like me and work with schools, or work closely with children, or if you’re a parent of school-age children, you may have noticed something very concerning. I’m talking about food allergies. Why do they seem to affect more and more kids every year?
My nutrition colleagues and colleagues at Flik Independent School Dining have discussed this at length. I remember when I was in elementary school and middle school, there was one fellow student who had a peanut allergy. The experiences of most of my colleagues were similar. But now, food allergies just seem rampant. In addition, we are seeing a variety of the eight major allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, milk, soy, egg) present themselves in any number of combinations in many individuals.
The truth is, food allergies are in fact on the rise. According to a recent CDC study:
In 2007, approximately 3 million children under a...