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GMO technology are beta-carotene-infused Golden Rice and "super" bananas. People who are malnourished could greatly benefit from the addition of beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A, to prevent childhood blindness and even death from vitamin deficiency. The bananas will soon be tested on human study subjects in the U.S.Three food and nutrition experts sounded off on the risks and benefits of GMOs and the ethics of providing these foods to children in developing countries. Are GMOs Safe?

GMOs might seem like a futuristic concept, but as many proponents stress, the practice of engineering food has been around for centuries. What we know as GMOs are built on human interaction with crops dating further back than even Gregor Mendel‟s famous experiments with cross-breeding pea plants in the 1800s.“Modern technology has refined what we‟ve been doing for 10,000 years,” said Alan McHughen, Ph.D., a biotechnologist and geneticist in the department of botany and plant sciences at the University of California, Riverside. “Nothing we eat is the same as what Mother Nature made.” But clearly, the technology has become far more advanced, raising questions about the safety profile of these foods. Even the experts don‟t agree on the benefits of certain kinds of food engineering, especially to add nutrients. Learn More: What 'Organic' Really Means » Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj, Medical Director of the South Florida Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant Institute, is especially concerned with how these extra nutrients will interact with the collection of helpful bacteria in the human gut called the gut microbiome. Maharaj worries about the immune system‟s reaction to these nutrientenhanced foods.“We don‟t know ... how modifying the food would affect the microbiome,” Maharaj said. He believes that these GMOs could be superfluous when “the microbiome actually produces the nutrients that are needed for healthy living.” What's the Best Way to Deliver Nutrients? Rebecca Solomon, a certified dietitian and nutritionist and Director of Clinical Nutrition at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, advocates for untouched crops and conventional vitamin supplements.“Good oldfashioned vitamin/mineral supplementation would be better and safer than genetic modification of crops, if the

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