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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. Subjective commentary The benefits of GMOs do not outweigh the risks that they impose. Some people may say that GMOs save farmers money on crops however; the cost of GMO seeds has tripled since we started using them in the 90s.
Many of these concerns are well stressed in mass media, but sometimes biased views are the only ones presented. Safety with human health and the effects on the environment appear to be the strongest and most discussed subject matter. While issues of concern accompany the usage of GM crops, argument can be made to justify their production. HISTORY What many people do not know is that genetic modification has been going on since the founder of Genetics, Gregor Mendel, cross- bred his pea plants for different affects. Many of the flowers sold and bought in our society are mutations and mixing of genes.
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.
Genetically engineered foods were originally made by Americans to delay the ripening of tomatoes. They are now being used to supplement nutrients, grow in adverse conditions that were once considered not farmable. Due to the fact that this technology is new, from the 1990s, it is raising many suspicions towards the usefulness of it and its safety, but, when the facts crunch down it shows that these foods can combat world hunger, can end malnourishment and are safe. People who disprove of GE foods place many claims. The most common being that they are not safe, in fact they state that they are very harmful, but to the contrary many studies have been conducted to ensure that the foods the 80% of our yearly gross comes from are safe.
This suggests that a large percentage of processed foods sold by supermarkets in the U.S. contain some ingredients derived from GM crops, primarily corn, soy, and canola. Yet, most Americans may not know that the products they consume contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Genetically Modified Food under Reasonable Government Regulation, is necessary for the continued and further success of the food supply chain. The debate While many new products have flooded supermarket shelves in the past few decades, foods with GM ingre... ... middle of paper ... ...ng Risk Working Paper 04-01). Norwich: Centre for Environmental Risk.
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.
Genetically Modified Crops For years farmers have fought pest, weeds, and diseases to grow crops. There have been many pesticides and herbicides used to help with these problems, only to find out later that they are damaging our environment and a health hazard to animals and humans. They are constantly searching for new ways to improve farming. Genetically engineered crops began in 1996 (Charmin 74-83). 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.
Are Genetically Modified Foods Safe and Nutritious Genetically modified (GM) foods have taken over the traditional methods of farming by now being planted in over a quarter of the world’s farm land and it is essential that they are labeled for all consumers to see. These genetically modified foods have taken a toll on not only the environment, but human health as well. Those that agree with the genes of crops and other foods being spliced to create a more “beneficial” product for man state that genetically modified foods benefit the society, the environment, and the economy. There has been an on-going debate on the topic of labeling genetically modified food in the countries that do not require it. 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.
As society has grown, it seems systems in place attempt to become more efficient and selling haggled pieces of corn is not efficient. It is no wonder why scientists all over the world are working for major corporations like Monsano to make produce and livestock more reliable and efficient. These byproducts are known as GMOs or Genetically Modified Organisms. Although I will openly admit, I am against the idea of GMOs and the unidentified side effects that they may pose, I do believe GMOs have improved the quality of food. Without GMOs we would all be eating haggled pieces of corn!