Genetically Modified Foods can cause allergies, destroy ecosystems, and are dangerous to eat. Therefore they should not be allowed to distribute them in our supermarkets. Genetically Modified Foods are a health hazard and will not improve anything except create more world issues. Genetically Modified Foods should not be mistaken with Hybrid crops. Hybrid crops are plants whom breed with other plants producing a better offspring, for the consumtion of the consumer.
Farmers can also purchase seeds of GM crops that produce the proteins to repel pests, or result in the death of pests. Using these seeds instead of organic seeds cuts the need to use pesticides, reducing costs, and work required, greatly increasing profits. For example, Bt Corn is a type of genetically modified maize, that produces δ-endotoxins originally from Bacillus thuringiensis, its donor bacteria. These endotoxins act as an insect repellant, preventing the corn from being eaten by insects. In places where resources to control pests and weeds are scarce, plants with these genetic modifications can massively increase yield.
It would change the whole ecosystem and even change the other ecosystem that is near it. Also the economic advantage of the genetic modified food cannot be justified by the unethical mistreatment of the farmers and unfair economic tactics. Since genetic modified food is relevant new there are still some problem with it as we do not know the long-term effects of the genetic modified food. With these concerns on what it will do to the ecosystem and whether it is safe to consume and economically ethically, I firmly believe that genetic modified food should not be sold until scientist could fully solve these concerns.
Supports also claim that the technology has important benefits for consumers including lower food costs, more nutritious food and reduced exposure to disease. GM technology could improve the health of hundreds of millions of people around the world. They point out that scientists have already made genetically modified rice, wheat, fruits and other foods that are more nutritious to eat then their traditionally grown food. GM expert Peter Pringle notes that researchers have even developed a genetically modified soybean that elevates omega-3 acids in the blood. Found naturally in salmon, trout and fresh tuna.
Crops such as rice maize corn – to name a few – would benefit greatly from this technology. Such as the ‘FlavrSavr’ tomatoes mentioned previous these crops can also benefit from their decomposition process being slowed down. Even though there are so many positives and potential for GM foods, there is one thing that is holding them back, ... ... middle of paper ... .... Directorate, E. U. E. R. (9 October 2001) '‘GMOs: Are there any Risks?’’', Hogarth, P. J. (1999) 'The Biology of Mangroves', Oxford University Press.
Biologists now transfer genes at will from one organism to another, designing new living things to meet specific needs. Throughout research paper I will be talking about genetically modified organism. I will talk about the procedure and how they are developed. The big question is how do scientist are to do this? Scientist use their knowledge of the structure of DNA and its chemical properties to study and change DNA molecules.
This can be accomplished by incorporating genes from other organisms of by rearranging genes already present” (Schneider 1). The genes used in the GM plants either comes from other plants of the plant itself. This means nothing going into the plant is from an unnatural source. “Statement by the AAAS Board of Directors On Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods” says, “Modern molecular genetics and the invention of large- scale DNA sequencing methods have fueled rapid advances in our knowledge of how genes work and what they do, permitting the development of new methods that allow the very precise addition of useful traits to crops…” (American Association 1). In traditional breeding there is a guess and check mentality w... ... middle of paper ... ...elected and many years and a great deal of money has been put into research about concerns regarding genetically modified food.
possibly eliminating starvation in developing countries. Some people may argue that GMOs is simply not the best solution to starvation. Many believe that GMOs will lead to ill-fated consequences after being consumed. It is in fact that their fears are based on hysteria and ignorance. Consuming GMOs will not lead to the production of horns on our heads nor will it make us grow tails.
There are two main types of GM crops that are in commercial use around the world. These are either crops that have been developed to be resistant to certain crop pests, or crops that have been developed to be resistant to a particular herbicide (weed killer)(5). Genetically Modified Crops are made for many different purposes, the main purpose being to create a food able to survive being sprayed with harmful chemicals like pesticides and herbicides. Other purposes are to make food stay fresher for longer, to kill pests, to produce more of the crop and to experiment with taste and quality. The most common foods are maize, cotton, tomatoes, potatoes, corn, canola, soybean and sugar beet(6).
Most existing genetically modified plants have been developed to improve yield, through the introduction of resistance to plant diseases or of increased tolerance of herbicides. Main GM foods are corn, tomatoes and soy. These are three big items on any list of GM Foods, but several others exist as well, dairy, cotton, oil, papaya, sugar, golden rice, potatoes, blue berry, fish berry, salmon and sugar beets are some of them. 2.1. Causes of Genetically Modified Food Genetically modified foods are unhealthy.