Not only are soy products harmful for consumption, any GMO based product poses health risks to consumers. GMOs are linked to cause cancer, digestion problems, and other health concerns. Unfortunately, GMOs are the cheapest method to produce this food in bulk to meet the demand of the market. Considering 90% of soy is grown by GMOs, the public’s concern of soy’s harmful effects on the body is an understandable argument. Before focusing on the negative aspects of soy, this plant still boasts numerous... ... middle of paper ... ...ersies about soy are still a popular topic of debate.
Soy crops grown using GMOs are modified to resist disease, are engineered to grow faster in larger quantities, and tolerate harsh weather conditions (Hennessey). Compared to the 1990s, 94% of soy plants are grown using GMO seeds today (Genetically Engineered Foods Q&A). Any genetically modified product poses health risks to consumers, not only from soy products. GMOs are linked to infertility, immune disorders,... ... middle of paper ... ...yogurts, ice creams, and baked goods as well. Controversies about soy consumption and health remain a popular topic of debate.
Furthermore, the desiccation of single stands of forested areas for this type of agriculture promotes local extinctions and loss of biodiversity. Once the land is exhausted, it is then left, only for another stand to be destroyed. This predictable loss of land can be avoided by employing the sustainable farming of soybeans. Soybean production has a higher potential to both increase economic prosperity and environmental quality (Dooyou). Due to the destructive nature of slash and burn agriculture, soybean production is a much healthier approach to farming in the Tambopata Reserve.
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.
The genetically modified crops are those crops whose genetic material has been altered. Oniang'o (2011) identified that genetically modified foods can be achieved through: • Traditional variety and breeding • Scientific modification of the crops (p. 1). The major focus is on scientific modification of food and its role in the eradication of poverty and hunger across the globe. With research findings such traditional biotechnology which has the potential of producing quality and yields of plants and animals by means such as selective breeding, biotechnology through innovations and developments of genetic engineering have lead to increased agricultural production. Genetic engineering produces foods of high quality and super foods that are less costly to produce grow rapid in large quantities and are vastly nutritious in micronutrients.
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.
Society is slowly but surely becoming progressively more aware of the harmful pesticides and fertilizers used to grow and mature the foods they have grown to love at an alarming rate. In order for the nation to put an end to the harmful chemicals that the culture willingly intakes, drastic lifestyle changes must be implemented soon. Going organic is the safest and easiest way to turn the unwholesome lifestyles around. Eating organic supplies more nutrients and minerals needed for the human body to function, which the bodies need to survive. Organic farming uses techniques in which the nutrients exerted from the produce is retained in the surrounding environment, thus cutting down on soil erosion, water pollution, and carbon pollutions in the air.
Both farming practices have cons and pros. Example, inorganic farming is convenient if the goal of a farmer is a fast large quantity harvest. Organic farming will improve the soil quality and health but it takes time for it to completely affect your soils quality and texture. In a world that has a continuous growing demand for supply of food, farmers must cope to the drastic change in population where they are pushed to use other methods that can sustain our food supply and still have profit. In this case, organic farming takes too long and it is impractical in the current stand point.
Another sustainable agriculture practice is called soil enrichment. Soil enrichment is the most valued element of agriculture ecosystems. Insects and microbes are usually killed by the use of pesticides. Good soil helps yields and makes crops less susceptible to pests. Abused soils usually require a lot more fertilization applications to produce high yields.
Soil erosion can arise due to complete harvesting of the crops (Jose et.al, 2008). Corn which is one of the plants used to produce biofuels requires intense irrigation and a serious environmental concern is raised by the use of fertilisers and pesticides. Biotechnology can be used to alter the crops so that their production does not harm the environment, however this might lower the process (Demirbas, 2009). Biodiversity and tropical forests Some biofuels that are derived from agricultural, forest-product, and municipal waste these have less impact on biodiversity as they use unwanted waste (Lian and Ghazoul, 2008). Biotechnology has a full potential... ... middle of paper ... ...such as skin cancer ( Giampietro and Mayumi.2009).