Frankenstein food


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Frankenstein food

(ˈfræŋkənˌfuːd) or

Frankenfood

n
1. (Cookery) facetious any foodstuff that has been genetically modified
2. (Genetics) facetious any foodstuff that has been genetically modified
[C20: from Frankenstein, alluding to its unnatural origin]
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Scientists hope to get permission to develop the gene technique for farmers, despite fears over "Frankenstein food".
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Bayer's head of innovation Kemal Malik, said there are life-saving cures to emerge from gene manipulation or DNA editing in medicine and have the potential to change public perception that the technology somehow produced Frankenstein food.
GM plant technology has never been able to shake off its "Frankenstein food" tag.
The Reuters article suggested that nondisclosure and refusal to communicate about all aspects of nanotechnology--good and bad--"could foster the same mistrust that led GM (genetic modification) to be branded 'Frankenstein food' in many parts of Europe and could mean some of nano food's potential remains unfulfilled for years."
And that has been enough to spark a scare with the phrase "Frankenstein food" being bandied about.
The former MP for Birmingham Perry Barr claimed the public was being "taken for a ride" as campaigners made unfounded claims about "Frankenstein food".
What is more disturbing is that this "Frankenstein food" is sold at very high price!
Lots of research and honesty is what is needed on this so-called Frankenstein food and, for that matter, on anything consumed by the unsuspecting public.
In the United Kingdom, such products have been dubbed "Frankenstein Food" and "Mutant Grub." Just last May, a European Union commission postponed a decision on Monsanto's gene-altered corn after laboratory studies at Cornell University found that pollen from the corn, when eaten by larvae of Monarch butterflies, killed nearly half and stunted the rest.
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