Chapter Four: “Doc, “what are genetically modified foods?”

You may have heard or read about genetically modified (GM) foods.

Although GM foods seem to be a new phrase, humans have long sought ways to improve the quality, yield and taste of animal and plant products for hundreds of years through crossbreeding and selection. Genetic modification in the modern sense applies to the use of DNA technology or genetic engineering to improve the quality and yield of animal and plant products.

Most food labels are now required to indicate with the initials ‘GM’ wherever an ingredient, additive or processing aid is present in the final product that came from a genetically modified plant or animal. For more information visit the FSANZ website at



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I am a medical doctor from Papua New Guinea. My posts focuses on current and emerging health issues in PNG.
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