Genetically modified foods helpful or harmful? Genetically Modified Organisms are one of the most controversial issues facing our world today. GMOs are foods produced from organisms that have had specific changes introduced into their DNA using the methods of genetic engineering for improvement of productivity and product quality. GMOs have raised concerns over whether or not there beneficial or harmful to our health. It is not secret that GMO foods have had a dramatic impact on the world and humans deserve to know how they are not all that they appear to be.
It tells the government and public what they want to hear not what they need to hear. Monsanto offers farmers a wide range of corn, soybean, cotton, wheat, canola, sorghum, and sugar cane seeds. They are genetically modification resist herbicide applications or ward off pests. Although it sounds beneficial, the long term issues are devastating to not only to the environment but to the whole human population. If the plants are resistant to herbicides and pests they could eventually be able help bugs (or pests) evolve and become able to resist against even the strongest GM plants.
The only engineered foods you may see will not be the soybeans or potatoes that have more protein or less fat but the herbicide resistant corn or pest resistant wheat. These foods have shown to be profitable for both farmers and corporations. Consumers have been wary of these modified foods since the Flavr Savr tomato, the first consumer orientated genetically modified organism (GMO), hit the market, prompting biotechnology firms to focus their research on the cash crops: soybeans, corn and wheat. These large corporations are after the profit if there are benefits to society then that is only an afterthought. “Biotechnology executives say it's too complex and costly to create innovative fruits and vegetables that farmers might not plant in large numbers and consumers might not be willing to pay more for, or even accept,”(Fulmer 2).
Scientists have been able to modify GM foods to withstand colder temperatures by introducing fish antifreeze into seedlings so that they can survive harsh winter climates better. New plants have been developed that can w... ... middle of paper ... ...ed meat bolstered with GM feed. Many of the world problems can be solved by the modification of food. Hunger, disease, and malnutrition could all be positively affected if these foods were introduced to those in great need. The technology can be a great benefit to the human race, but just because we can mettle and successfully create something does not necessarily mean we should.
GMOs can also supply more nutrients and help fight world malnutrition making it better for Americans to eat, by making it healthier. “Seeds are genetically changed for multiple reasons, which include improving resistance to insects and generating healthier crops. This can lower risk of crop failure, and make crops better resistant to extreme weather.” (Mandel). The cons are, since many GMOs are modified using bacteria and viruses, there is a fear that new diseases will be created. Many people wonder if GMOs are safe, but since it is a relatively new development, long term effects are limited.
But opponents for GMO continue to fight and protest the safety of any GMO’s and are we truly ready for them, currently agricultural plants are one of the most frequently used examples of genetically modified organisms, some benefits of genetic engineering in agriculture are increased crop yields, which advocates believe will reduced the costs of food and reduce the need for pesticides. They also believe that they enhance the nutrient composition of food quality and is resistance to pests and disease, many feel that using GMO’s can benefit the world 's growing
In a time before genetically modified crops were as common as they are today, the use of the crop was to feed a person or use in a way to gain money. It was the responsibility of other aspects of crop growing to deter pests and keep the plant healthy. Genetically modified crops and foods are now coupled with the “proper” use of the crop and responsible for the other phase of growing crops. Many ecologists b... ... middle of paper ... ... growing of genetically modified foods may be damaging the environment and the ecosystem but when it comes to the labeling debate my opinion is a solid no despite the fears and unknown that are associated with the food. The debate over labeling genetically modified foods in Colorado revolves around the economic, health and consumer choice aspects of GM foods.
However, the GMF are beneficial to human because there are reducing the pesticide use, amount of land devoted to agriculture and at the same time enhancing on the qualities and nutrients of the foods. Aren’t these the goals and aim of the organic movement? Many organic advocates claims that the GMF crops that have higher resistance towards pesticide will bring certain side effects in a long run of time. They believe that the crops that have been genetically modified to produce their own pesticide might make the insects or pests become more resistant to the artificial pesticide. Infact, one of the terrifying effects of the effort of the usage of pesticides, for pests and insects control, is that the side effect of using pesticides on crops and environmental pollution will not be realized nor discussed by the ignorant advocates for many years and decades.
For the entire length of human existence, people have sought to better technology in order to advance society. In agriculture, the newest technology to improve crops is modifying genes directly through biotechnology. Genetically modified (GM) foods have foreign genes implemented into their genetic code in order to achieve a desired trait. (Phillips, 2008) These crops can have the potential to reduce pesticide use, increase nutrients, resist pests and damaging herbicides, increase yield, and provide medical benefits. (Phillips, 2008) The implementation of new technology is often highly appreciated by consumers when it leads to products that are more efficient and available compared to their predecessors, though genetically modified foods are a very different story.
With the widespread science of GMOs becoming more abundant, people should know the truth behind what is being done to their food before consumption, to then form their own opinions. However, all bias aside, GMOs do cause harm in many ways, but while benefiting the world in many ways. The great promise in the use of GMO technology does not only benefit farmers, but benefits the largely increasing population around the world. One main reason that GMOs are a good