Genetically Modified Foods

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Genetically Modified foods

Africa & Southern Africa

G.J. van der Merwe, s28320728

When discussing the concept of genetically modified foods (GM foods), we need to first understand the concept before we can sensibly think of the impact it has on our society. In Africa, it is very important for people to fully understand where GM foods come from in order to understand and decide whether it is a necessity in their country.

[1] GM foods or genetically modified foods are the general term used to refer to plants, foods and crops, where the genes and DNA of these different plants have been altered and modified for certain purposes. The process to modify these plants is done by means of the latest molecular biology and science techniques to enhance certain aspects and qualities of the plants. These different techniques can be used to enhance growth, productivity and durability. These plants are thus modified by scientists and biologists by means of modifying the organisms inside of the plants, thus each reacting in a desired way.


The first question that one might ask is if this is really a need to our society. How can one distinguish between something that is a necessity, something that can be of real use, and something that is merely an act of self-interested techniques? Do we really need GM foods, or more important, does Africa need GM foods? [2]According to research, gm foods have lowered the costs of farming and also improved productivity and profitability, helping many farmers, especially those in third world countries.


In Africa, as well as South Africa, the main problem is accessibility. It might be difficult and in some cases even impossible for countries and farmers to gain access to the benefits of GM foods. Organizations...