Genetically engineered crops appear to have minimal effects on the environment and humans, they produce larger yields of crops, and they could be the answer to world hunger. The main use of genetically modified technology was to allow farmers to use a broad- spectrum weed killer to control weeds, and to lessen the use of herbicides and pesticides and their negative effects on our environment. The National Research Council issued a report that found genetically modified crops have increased profits for farmers and they do less damage to the environment than conventional crops (Kilman n/a). By planting these types of crops, farmers have to till less often, which helps with soil erosion, as well as costs. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the agriculture health of the United States requires the concurrent feasibility, or coexistence of organic crops and genetically modified crops (Keifer 1241).
These shocking finding prove that, as a whole, Americans are uneducated about what they are eating and how it is produced. Genetically modified organisms, or GMO’s as they are called, will not be going anytime soon so it is absolutely necessary that every US citizen become educated on this possible life-... ... middle of paper ... ...ection of “Frankenfood”. Works Cited “Agricultural Biotechnology (A Lot More than Just GM Crops).” International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications, Aug. 2010. Web. “General Q&A of Genetic Engineering.” US Food and Drug Administration.
Genetically modified foods is food originated from organisms whose genetic material (DNA) have been modified in a way that does not occur naturally through the induction of a gene from a different organism (Halford “Genetically” 17). GM is frequently used to refer to crop plants created for human and animal ingestion using the latest technique, genetic engineering. Genetic engineerin... ... middle of paper ... ...tional value of primary foods. Insufficient nutrition is recognized to be one of the causes of many health problems. Nutritionally enhanced crops can be used as a tool to increase the growth and nutritional value of staple foods that make up the primary diets in many countries.
Will GMOs revolutionize the food and health industries or will they cause damage and downfall? Moreover, is it even ethical to tamper with nature and release science fiction into the food supply? GMOs and the History Behind Them Genetic modification has been present in agriculture since the Egyptians and the Sumerians first developed it over four thousand years ago. While modification was first used at a very basic level, today it involves implantation of DNA from one organism to another. The basis for genetic modification occurred in the 1970's when the technology to isolate individual genes and alter and copy them in cells was developed.
“Biotechnology companies and “agri-business giants” claim that using technology and synthetics is the only way we can hope to supply our world population.” (Om Organics) With a growing num... ... middle of paper ... ...ered foods. Finally and most importantly, the uncertainty of the consumption for altered crops are still unknown as its companies grow larger each day. With majority of processed foods containing genetically modified crop the next step is now, the Food and Drug Administration has turned their back on this problem for far too long. The next step is to place restrictions on these fast growing genetically modified agriculture companies from dominating the agricultural businesses, if not monitored one hundred percent of todays food will become genetically modified. As americas’ population has more than doubled it has become a large industrial country, with no limits all farm lands will be overrun with Americans.
It is not secret that GMO foods have had a dramatic impact on the world and humans deserve to know how they are not all that they appear to be. GMOs pose a serious threat to our health, lead to serious destruction of the environment and have contaminated organic crops. On the other hand they are resistant to disease, help humans suffering from famine, produce greater yields, and improve the nutrition of foods. In my personal opinion they are more detrimental to our wellbeing then helpful, however they are not completely useless. Mankind doesn’t know the affects GMOs could produce by injecting a gene from another species into a crop.
This devastating trend, due to irresponsible farming practices as a result of the industrialization of the food industry, has become all too common. Returning to organic farming, which our grandparents referred to as farming, and reclaiming our food is not only our choice, it is our right. Conventional farming practices are responsible for many negative health and environmental issues. One of the main issues is the creation of monocultures in the farming environment. Specifically growing the same species of plants or animals in mass quantities without variation every season is not natural.
The countries that do not require labeling of GM foods are being influenced by the biotech industry that GM foods affect the world in a positive way. Those who are opposed to such unnatural farming argue that GM foods are implementing false benefits and are detrimental to human health and the environment. The process of labeling genetically modified foods in certain countries, such as the United States, Canada, Brazil, and Argentina, has yet to come despite it being crucial to the environment and the health of their people. Studies have shown that in America, 90% of its citizens are demanding that genetically modified foods be labeled (Why to Support Labeling GM Foods). If Americans are insisting that their food be properly labeled, than why is that the biotech industry and government are not regarding their request?
The past twenty years have seen rise to a new burgeoning scientific field: genetically modified foods. During the plant breeding process, geneticists interfere with the reproduction and modify the genes of the new seedling by introducing a fragment of DNA from another organism that possesses the desired trait. With genetic modification, scientists can increase the pest, herbicide, cold, and drought tolerance so that the crop can survive in harsher climates. In some cases, the nutritional value can even be increased (Ulrich 9). 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.
The Controversy Over Genetically-modified Foods The genetic engineering of foods has, in one sense, been in existence for hundreds of years. The first time Gregor Mendel bred different varieties of pea plants to observe the various traits present in their offspring, the concept was born. Today, genetic engineering has developed into one of the most complex and advanced fields of scientific thinking, all the while provoking many questions and acquiring many opponents along the way. While there are compelling arguments presented for each side of the issue, the simple fact is that genetically modified (GM) foods are a reality, especially in the United States, as they are already present in many products that are consumed on a daily basis. Just as the market for GM foods has increased, the level of opposition has increased as well, even up to the point of terrorist action against producers, growers, and sellers of genetically modified foods.