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Cons of Genetic Modification of Plants

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In our everyday lives we have a substantial need for food. Everyone on planet earth needs food to survive from day to day, so engineers have begun mutating plants and crops to create a better source of nutrition to the population. Scientists are pushing the boundaries in order to create the most bountiful crops and, in turn, healthier people. Imagine what could happen if there were larger harvests, more succulent fruits and nutritious vegetables. Our imagination can run wild with the endless possibilities of genetic alteration of food. However, can we be absolutely certain that what we are doing to our food supply will benefit us in the long run? If one seemingly simple change to a plant’s DNA actually harmed millions of people, it would be extremely detrimental to our society. The genetic alteration of food, such as fruits, vegetables, and crops could do more harm than good to the people who consume them and have a negative effect on the environment, by spreading out and destroying other plants. According to the World Heath Organization, “WHO” , all genetically altered foods currently used have been assessed for safety and are not likely to present risks for human health. WHO also cautions that foods must be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The World Health Organization is safe with how they word their statement. They say “not likely”, which means that it is still possible that something detrimental could happen. A biologist by the name Arpad Pusztai has written 12 books and over 300 articles on genetic modification and is a master in the field. In a test to say that genetically enhanced foods were safe to the public, Pusztai gave DNA altered potatoes to a group of laboratory rats. The results were shocking to Pu... ... middle of paper ... ...es, Rick. "EarthSave - Food intervention programs to achieve health independence." EarthSave - Food intervention programs to achieve health independence. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Sept. 2011. . Shah, Anup. "Genetically Engineered Food — Global Issues." Global Issues : social, political, economic and environmental issues that affect us all — Global Issues. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2011. . Smith, Jeffrey. "Suppression of the truth about GMO hazards." Suppression of the truth about GMO hazards. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Sept. 2011. . Whitman, Deborah. "Genetically Modified Foods: Harmful or Helpful? ." Genetically Modified Foods: Harmful or Helpful? . N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Sept. 2011. .

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  • Opines that if one simple change to a plant’s dna actually harmed millions of people, it would be extremely detrimental to our society.
  • Explains that all genetically altered foods have been assessed for safety and are not likely to present risks for human health. a biologist by the name arpad pusztai gave dna altered potatoes to a group of laboratory rats.
  • Explains that gm foods on the market, which are created from the same process, might have similar effects on humans.
  • Explains pusztai was fired two days after releasing the results to the public. the same processes that the potatoes underwent to be enhanced are the same ways that human food products are altered.
  • Explains that a study executed by deborah b. whitman has to do with new caused allergens created by the newly altered foods.
  • Explains that the gmo compass states that altering plants among with normal plants is safe and effective. the pollen from the plants can travel hundreds of miles away and plant themselves elsewhere.
  • Explains that crop uniformity will reduce genetic diversity, making them more vulnerable to disease and pests. the creators of pesticides and companies that genetically alter the plants are owned by the same people.
  • Concludes that genetically altered foods can diminish our health and destroy our environment. genetically modified foods have already killed people and will continue to do so until something is done.
  • Opines that the world is confronted with the single most potent technology ever known, more powerful than atomic energy. yet it is being released throughout our environment and deployed with superficial or no risk assessments — as if no one needs to worry an iota about its unparalleled powers.
  • Cites batalion, nathan, and charnes, rick. raw wisdom, holistic healing insights, raw food diet, sustainability, genetically modified foods.
  • Describes the social, political, economic, and environmental issues that affect us all — global issues.
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