Genetically modified organisms in the foods that are being produced today have no harm on humans or animals. They help the producers of the leading industry in the world create a more efficient way of doing business along with feeding the world. The population will never stop growing and agriculture will never stop. The agriculture industry will soon be 100 percent genetically modified foods because of the demand. It increases shelf life of the foods, creates higher yields, better flavor and nutritional value, and most importantly makes the plants resistant to pests, weeds, and fungi or diseases. With agriculture being the leading industry it is important these crops are raised to perfection. Genetically modified organisms are the best way to make these crops create the yields to fit the demand of the world.
The benefits of genetically modified foods are undeniable. With an ever increasing global population, expansive third world hunger and starvation, and the massive number of people who are malnourished and undernourished, the use of this technology benefits not only the farmers, but also societies worldwide. Genetically modifying crops can reduce susceptibility to disease, improve flavor, drastically increase yields, create more efficient use of land, decrease use of herbicides and pesticides, and reduce costs, among many other benefits. However, GMOs are very rarely labeled. Labeling policy for GMOs is controversial, but I believe that there should not be a law mandating manufacturers to label foods containing GMOs. Rather, the government should allow voluntary labeling of products that do not use GMOs, with an accompanying disclaimer noting any differences (e.g., safety) between products that contain GMOs and those that do not.
The article that I chose is called Another Case Against GMO Foods by Timothy J. LaSalle. It was published on 2/25/14 and it is from the website http://www.foodmatters.tv/. In this article, LaSalle explains the reasons why GMO foods have been insufficient in benefiting farmers and the general public. GMO stands for “genetically modified organisms”. America started using GMOs in the early 1990s. He tells us that GMO seeds were created to make the cost of growing crops less to farmers which could lead to more crops and lower prices. It does this by making crops resistant to pathogens. It also adds herbicides which make the plants weed resistant. That way farmers don’t have to buy fertilizers. He also talks about the effects of GMOs on people’s health. There is no proven long-term effects of GMO foods. There is only speculation. GMOs are being used more and more by farmers. He believes that it is a possible cause of allergies, asthma, autism, and ADD in children and adults. He states that health concerns have increased since we started using GMOs in our food. In the last part of the article he talks about finding a way to make safer foods which would be using all organic foods. Countries in Europe, Asia and Africa have banned GMO foods. He thinks we should do the same. He also thinks we should not be able to use GMO foods until the FDA has proven they don’t cause long-term health risks.
When did GMOs start? The DNA was discovered in 1935 by Russian scientist Nikolayevich Belozersky. He was a full member of the science academy. In 1980 the first GMOs patent issue.” A 1980 court case between a genetics engineer at General Electric and the U.S. Patent Office is settled by a 5-to-4 Supreme Court ruling, allowing for the first patent on a living organism. The GMO in question is a bacterium with an appetite for crude oil, ready to gobble up spills” (GMOINSIDE, 2013). A couple years later the FDA approved the first GMO. In 1994 the first ever GMO hit the stores. Crazy to think that was only 19 years ago! The product they injected the GMOs were into tomatoes. Before the 2000 came in 1999 was when the GMO food crops dominated. As the years ...
GMO stands for genetically modified organism. It is a technique that allows DNA from one species to be injected into another species in a laboratory, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes that are unfamiliar to nature. [Whole Foods] Genetically modified organisms were first created in 1983 when a tobacco plant was altered to resist anti-biotics and later in 1990 when genetically engineered cotton was successfully tested. This was a breakthrough for the biotechnology era of agriculture since it allowed the manipulation and creation of food. The six multinational giants that currently dominate the agricultural market include: Monsanto, Dow, BASF, Bayer, Syngenta, and DuPont. [Chemical Cartel] Together these companies have gained government approval, “particularly insect repellent traits and herbicide tolerance for crops, to help farmers improve their crop yields while keeping costs low.” [Moore, 2011] It would appear that these companies might just have the answer to farming problems and potentially world hunger. They seem to have revolutionized the farming industry and the food industry, as we know it.
A GMO, that is, a genetically modified organism is a genetically engineered food. In the process of genetic modification, a piece of DNA from another species is forced into the DNA of a plant or animal. The selected DNA can come from an entirely different species that can even be a bacterium. The new DNA that is spliced in with the original DNA is to benefit the organism in some way. For instance, there is this one type of soybean that has a certain bacterium’s DNA spliced into its own, and now the genetically modified crop can tolerate weed killers such as Roundup. (Bartolotto 1)
Overall, OF is a farming style that is good for improving the environment. Organic food will reduce health risks; the profit will increase because the demand for organic food is very high. However, Organic farming is not the best solution for food secure in the big developing country like China, India, Vietnam, and other. Therefore, GM is the best solution to increase the food supply in those big developing countries or overpopulation countries. However, there are some new problems arise. How to make the farmer adopt the GM technology? How to decrease the impact of GM to the surrounding ecosystem and human? How to reduce the change of GM crops modify their consumer genes? This is what the world is a worry about. But, for our own understanding, more than haft of our country food supplies are or make from GM crops, or has some relate with GM crops.
GMOs should be banned in the USA. There is not enough evidence to show that they are safe, growing GMOs is bad for the environment, and GMOs have a negative impact on the US economy. What are GMOs? “Genetically modified organisms,” are genetically engineered plants or animals. These combinations of genes from different species can’t occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.
With population increasing, there is emerging needs of high productivity methods to feed the population. During the modern agriculture emerged, crop production were improved by genetic breeding methods. GMO history began with Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection. In the theory (Darwin, 1859) it states that plants and animals with strong survival traits live to pass them on to subsequent generations. The idea of the survival of the fittest set the base of introducing desired genes into the DNA. The organism with the most desirable traits could produce high quality seeds for reproduction allowing the strong and desirable traits to be inherited to the next generation.
Before I go on any further, the definition of GMO could be described as: “organisms whose DNA has been altered in a non-natural way”. GMO crops are also part of the GMO family, which GM plants mainly focus on being changed to be insect resistant, virus resistant, or herbicide tolerant. These changes produce potential problematic environmental challenges.
We live in a world that is constantly changing and advancing due to technological advances, especially in the field of molecular engineering. Molecular engineering has helped mankind in ways, ranging from cloning to better food quality. Our world is constantly growing and with it brings more demand for food. Meeting those demands means growing and consuming more genetically modified food. Genetically modified food is derived from the word genetically modified organisms or GMO, which are organisms or plants, which are enhanced with desired traits such as resistance to pests or tolerance to droughts. Only if were to consume more GMO products will we be able to survive. GMO should be more widely used for three main reasons. They have better quality,
GM crops also benefit the economy and assist in feeding more people. While we struggle with feeding our population, “The population will continue to grow” (Calandrelli 1) For instance, genetic engineering in agriculture can minimize the cost of producing food. Thus, GMO’s in crops can result ...