Is contemporary food safe? Cover Image

Is contemporary food safe?
Is contemporary food safe?

Author(s): Bożena Witek, Peter Liedke
Subject(s): Sociology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Pedagogicznego w Krakowie
Keywords: nutrition; food; GMO; safety

Summary/Abstract: Food and water are necessary to keep the human body functioning. People must havea balanced diet that includes a complex range of nutrients to provide energy, maintain healthand resist disease. For a long time researchers have discussed the differences betweenconventional, ecological (organic) and genetically modified (bioengineered) food.The difference between these food systems is in the production. Ecological products must beproduced according to European regulations for ecological food, without synthetic fertilizers,irradiation, and chemical additions to food. Genetically modified foods are foods that have hada gene from a different species of plant or other organism introduced to produce the desiredcharacteristics or traits. Bioengineering can also be used to increase the nutrient content offoods, or to add vitamins that are not found in food. The conventional food production meansfirst of all maximizing the efficiency, increasing overall production and lowering the pricefor the consumer. Many researchers believe that there is no evidence that ecological food issafer, more nutritious than conventional and modified food. The discussion about safety ofcontemporary foods continues.

  • Issue Year: III/2013
  • Issue No: I
  • Page Range: 14-24
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English