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GM food on the menu
We often consume genetically modified organisms, so-called GMOs, without knowing it. But is it dangerous for our health? Today the debate continues to divide scientists.
At the moment, in Europe, national governments have the final say on whether they let a genetically engineered strain grow on their soil.
But how much can they really control and trace the spread of modified DNA? And what do we really know about the health impact?
The issue extends to Argentina in South America, where the Roundup herbicide produced by US company Monsanto has been shrouded in controversy.
Locals claim to suffer from diseases related to the most active ingredient, glyphosate.
There are however reasons to welcome GM products. In Malawi, many grain farmers say they have reaped the benefits of hybrid seeds which are engineered to produce yields up to five times more than common varieties.
These crops have helped to feed millions of people, but this seeming genetically modified miracle does come at a price.