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GMO soy

Since 1994, a growing number of foods were developed using genetic modification (GMO). With these products has come controversy, primarily in Europe where some question whether GMO foods are safe. Scientists are now able to use the tools of modern biotechnology to insert a gene into the crop to give it new, advantageous characteristics. Most genetic modifications make it easier to grow the crop. About half of the American soybean crop planted in 1999 carries a gene that makes it resistant to an herbicide (Roundup) used to control weeds.

Risks of GMO food

GMO crops may threaten biodiversity, decrease the richness and variety of foods, and make farmers more dependent on chemical companies, through the purchase of seed or chemicals.
Health concerns include: allergy, gene transfer (antibiotic-resistant genes from GMO to bacteria), and outcrossing (the movement of genes from GMO plants into conventional crops).

GMO controversy

The movement against GMO agriculture seems to have exploded recently. European farmers and consumers have forged a formidable alliance calling for a moratorium on genetically engineered crops. Indian farmers have burned fields believed to be planted with GMO cotton. In the U.S. an emerging alliance of consumers, farmers, corporate accountability and fair trade activists has only recently gathered steam.
The soy industry reacted with the introduction of the Identity-Preserved (IP) by which suppliers guarantee that their products are GMO-free.
The GMO issue resulted in the replacement of some soy ingredients with other materials, some of which are synthetic and have lower functionality. Soy lecthin has been replaced by synthetic emulsifiers. As a response the soy industry can now provide identity-preserved lecithins.

Comments (3)

GMO soya
soya beans has been genetically modified in the US which has serious side effect on health, what about Africans who naturally grow theirs?

nete naso
#1 - nete naso - 11/07/2013
GMO soya
what side effects are you talking about?
#2 - Leo - 11/07/2013
Does Belgian Aldi stores sell GMO soy milk?
Thanks for the info but it is still not marketed as clearly as Alpro does. Is Aldi soy milk GMO free?
I like the price/taste so I await your response.
many thanks, W
#3 - Will - 02/13/2014
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