Consumption of GMOs has various health effects on both body systems of animals and humans. GMOs also affect the environment, ecosystems and other animal species. The cons outweigh the pros in the case of GMOs. According to scientists, genetically engineering crops contributes to their quality. Crops that have been genetically modified to have a particular trait can decrease the amount of herbicides needed for growing that crop.
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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.
Supporters of genetic engineering argue that altering a crops DNA to improve the nutritional value will help people in third world countries who suffer from malnutrition. They also claim that GM foods can yield medical benefit by injecting a particular gene or vaccine directly into the product. However, I don’t believe GMOs ar... ... middle of paper ... ...ge they can inflict on the natural environment. In Western Europe and Japan, GMOs have been banned and they have been able to reduce the contamination down to less than 2% because environmental groups came together to fight this issue. They are leading the cause into a brighter future filled with natural and organic fruits and vegetables not something created in a lab by a bunch of scientists.
Older methods of killing pests are harmful to the environment. For example, crop dusting contaminates the air and kills several organisms necessary to our ecosystem. By genetically modifying crops, air and water pollution will be reduced. This will cause an increase in the quality of the conditions in which our food is grown, in affect making them healthier for us to consume. Fruits and vegetables provide necessary nutrients that people need to lead healthy lives.
Other plants can’t handle the harsh weather changes or the climate they are being grown in, so that’s were genetic mutation came into play. The demand to have a crop that will prosper even after being exposed to the harsh pesticides, basically giving the plant super genetics so that it can survive the season, and be more reliable in large crops. Even though genetically modified foods are easier to mass produce, the risks of genetic engineering are far greater than the benefits and many of risks are still unknown. Still companies are selling their product with genetically modified ingredient to American food suppliers as if we are their lab rats in their scientific experiment. (Charleson) The large demand for food around the world is growing, and the ways of producing the produce is becoming more and more complex as well.
Despite the obvious benefits of more nutritious foods and crops that are hardier and more resistant to harsher climates, there are some concerns surrounding GM foods. Each new alteration can cause an unforeseen allergic reaction, negate the effects of antibiotics, or potentially cause some adverse effects to the environment (Falkner 101). Every newly developed GM food must be tested on a case by case basis as there is no universal method that determines the safety of all modified components. As a result, long term effects of ingesting food with altered material are unknown. You may not know it, but in the United States GM foods are quite prevalent.
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