An Cuisines is sometimes asked about our stand regarding the issue of Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs. According to the World Health Organization, GMOs are the result of genetic engineering wherein the genetic codes of animals, plants, and microorganisms are changed with the use of technology. The most common species that are genetically modified are plants or crops. Since we use these produce in our ingredients, we would like to make it clear that all our ingredients are organically grown and non-GMO. We believe the controversy regarding the use of GMOs is an ethical issue and as such has supporters and critics. An Cuisines, being a restaurant that serves the public, would like to take a neutral stand on the issue. We leave it to the government and the producers to convince the people of the safety of certain foods that are produced from GMOs. Until such time that we get the approval of the majority of the people, we will withhold using such products in our restaurants in respect to those who have doubts regarding the safety and security of food production.
Just to help disseminate information regarding GMOs, supporters cite improvement of crop protection as their main benefit. It will result in higher yields of crops. They introduce the development of resistance to certain viruses and diseases in plants in the hope of producing healthier and bountiful crops. However, the government would like the public to know that officials are watchful on the possible effects of GMOs on the health of the people and the safety of the environment. They conduct safety assessments in the use of GMOs. On the other hand, critics believe that GMOs pose risks to the health of the people, environment, food security, and threaten the sovereignty of the farmers. They support the traditional method of seed breeding and organic agriculture for the public to have food choices that are healthy and safe. Critics contest the possible toxic effects on people’s health, allergic effects, nutritional properties, the constancy of the selected gene, and other unintentional effects of the genetic modification. In the meantime, the public is left to weigh the benefits and risks of this new technology that is available to us.