The influence of genetic modification of food on health as a contemporary social issue
The article attempts to demonstrate that the process of genetic modification of food and its consequences in the form of influencing the health of entire societies, agro-ecosystems and the environment, which increasingly depends on the degree to which basic needs are met, is a contemporary social issue. Based on the results of mainly biochemical and biotechnological research, the types of genetic modifications of food and their impact on health have been analysed. Secondary analysis of the studies allowed the identification of multi-organ dysfunction syndrome of laboratory animals in reaction to the consumption of genetically modified plants. The paper also analyses the documents of the European Union and the Polish legislation concerning the admission to cultivation and subsequent trade of food products containing genetically modified ingredients.