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Genetically modified foods: safety, risks and public concerns—a review

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Food Science and Technology, December 2012
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Mentioned by

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5 news outlets
blogs
3 blogs
twitter
47 tweeters
facebook
6 Facebook pages
wikipedia
1 Wikipedia page
googleplus
4 Google+ users
reddit
1 Redditor
video
2 video uploaders

Citations

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Readers on

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798 Mendeley
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1 CiteULike
Title
Genetically modified foods: safety, risks and public concerns—a review
Published in
Journal of Food Science and Technology, December 2012
DOI 10.1007/s13197-012-0899-1
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Authors

A. S. Bawa, K. R. Anilakumar

Abstract

Genetic modification is a special set of gene technology that alters the genetic machinery of such living organisms as animals, plants or microorganisms. Combining genes from different organisms is known as recombinant DNA technology and the resulting organism is said to be 'Genetically modified (GM)', 'Genetically engineered' or 'Transgenic'. The principal transgenic crops grown commercially in field are herbicide and insecticide resistant soybeans, corn, cotton and canola. Other crops grown commercially and/or field-tested are sweet potato resistant to a virus that could destroy most of the African harvest, rice with increased iron and vitamins that may alleviate chronic malnutrition in Asian countries and a variety of plants that are able to survive weather extremes. There are bananas that produce human vaccines against infectious diseases such as hepatitis B, fish that mature more quickly, fruit and nut trees that yield years earlier and plants that produce new plastics with unique properties. Technologies for genetically modifying foods offer dramatic promise for meeting some areas of greatest challenge for the 21st century. Like all new technologies, they also pose some risks, both known and unknown. Controversies and public concern surrounding GM foods and crops commonly focus on human and environmental safety, labelling and consumer choice, intellectual property rights, ethics, food security, poverty reduction and environmental conservation. With this new technology on gene manipulation what are the risks of "tampering with Mother Nature"?, what effects will this have on the environment?, what are the health concerns that consumers should be aware of? and is recombinant technology really beneficial? This review will also address some major concerns about the safety, environmental and ecological risks and health hazards involved with GM foods and recombinant technology.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
India 2 <1%
Netherlands 2 <1%
Denmark 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Vietnam 1 <1%
Korea, Republic of 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Other 1 <1%
Unknown 786 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 324 41%
Student > Master 144 18%
Unspecified 98 12%
Student > Ph. D. Student 66 8%
Researcher 55 7%
Other 111 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 218 27%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 140 18%
Unspecified 126 16%
Medicine and Dentistry 52 7%
Social Sciences 36 5%
Other 226 28%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 103. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 27 July 2019.
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#149,725
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Outputs from Journal of Food Science and Technology
#4
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Outputs of similar age
#2,248
of 183,909 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Journal of Food Science and Technology
#1
of 7 outputs
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