Also, with the pesticide everywhere in a farm, it will lead to a tolerance to the pesticide on the part of the bugs and they will sooner or later be immune to it. For many people including myself who are against genetic eng... ... middle of paper ... ... stop this process. Hopefully soon scientists will be able to minimize and control the amount of ‘beneficial’ genetic changes they make. Thus preventing any unwanted changes to our future society. Works Cited OMOTO, CHARLOTTE K. and LURQUN, PAUL F. Genes and DNA: A Beginners Guide to Genetics and It’s Applications.
They regulate growth and development, controlling the function of various tissues. Like antibiotics, hormones can be produced and placed in animal feed, for example Bovine Somatotropin, which is given to cows to increases milk production.2 The use of hormones and antibiotics in animal feed has been a controversial topic for many years. There are obvious advantages and disadvantages with the use of such products. Farmers see hormones and antibiotics as a major advantage as the increase their profits and gain the maximum out of their livestock. However, health concerned organizations want to ban the use of these products due to the increasing fears that they can cause harm to the consumers.
Most of which are used for nontherapeutic purposes. Even though their use can shorten the confinement time of livestock by increasing the growth rates, they are not necessary and come at a high cost to human health. Nontherapeutic use of antibiotic should be terminated to preserve antibiotics for treating sick humans and animals. There needs to be strict regulations in place to curb the use of antibiotics and preserve them for human use or there will be a high price to pay. As scary as the thought is, some believe we may be fast approaching a “post-antibiotic” period in which there are no effective antibiotics left to combat emerging super bugs (WHO).
The next step after identifying the animal, is stopping the animal from damaging the crops. There are many ways farmers can do so, traps, special permits, and noise deterrence. Each farmer must decide how they are going to deal with the wildlife causing damage. Identifying an animal that is causing damage to crops can be fairly easy if you know what to look for. Tracks, type of damage, and scat are three big identifiers.
This is a threat because most genetically modified crops are made to be herbicide resistance, when cross-breeding happens the weeds also become resistant to herbicides making it easier for them to spread. The time for the genetically modified organisms to grow is generally about the same amount of time as non-genetically modified organisms. One of the biggest cons to GMO is that no one really knows if they are safe for consumption. Studies have been done but in some cases there is a risk of cancer. Also pesticides have been found in some of the genetically modified crops.
Genetically modified foods can have many positive effects on the world. We can use fewer pesticides by inserting a pest resistant gene into the gene of plants. Farmers use many pesticides over and over to keep the insects from eating their crops. This is usually a high costing process and time consuming. When the plants receive water the excess water runs into another source of water and when that happens it picks up the chemicals that the pesticide had left on the soil.
Furthermore, bacteria’s are becoming resistant to antibiotics and this can cause serious health threats to humans because it will be harder to treat illness and infections; as a result, the mortality rate will increase. This issue is affecting people all over the world, by providing the body with hormones; as a consequence, the body will stop producing natural hormones. Once the body stops the production of hormones humans will always depend on synthetic hormones, and if a person leaves the country and starts eating organic food major withdrawal effects can occur. Although the food industry states that hormones and antibiotics are not affecting humans, researchers state the contrary. Injecting and feeding hormones and antibiotics to animals is a huge con... ... middle of paper ... ... can lead to negative feedback, which can be dangerous because it signals the glands to stop the production of the hormone.
In spite of farmers and pharmaceutical companies losing money, it is in the best interest of society to ban the practice of giving animals sub-therapeutic levels of antibiotics in their feed. Increasing the research on the effects on the environment caused by the large animal feed lots is a large epidemiologic undertaking that should be seen through. In an effort to protect antibiotics and reduce antibiotic resistance, the overall use of antibiotics should be limited to only medically significant situations, drugs should be used more selectively, better sanitation practices should be used throughout the production process, and the enforcement of bans and limitations must be followed through.
European consumers have started to focus on a “clean and green” production because they have previously undergone many critical situations such as dioxins and avian influenza (Horgan & Gavinelli). The mindset of consumers and producers started to shift to preventing animal cruelty, avoiding suffering to animals and becoming focused on promoted the wellbeing of farm animals (Horgan & Gavinelli). As Europe changes their ways of factory farming, the US decided to try and make a change as well. All US states have an animal cruelty legislation, but interest in animal protection has led to more state and local initiatives and
Livestock are being engineered to produce more milk and have higher meat to fat ratio. This is not just affecting humans but animals too. From what my Dad said while working on the farm during his day, injecting the cows would often lead to infections particularly the udder. Some say the abuse to animals or the interfering of their natural lives is sickening just to produce more in less time. Many people are against GMO’s, therefore supporting GMO labeling simply for the fact of animal cruelty.