Genetically Modified Food Must be Regulated

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1.Introduction One important question for humans to understand is what is genetic engineering? First, a basic understanding of biology is required. Organisms such as plants and animals contain many cells in their bodies. Each and every cell has a nucleus that has a number of strings containing what is known as Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA). It is DNA that is responsible for the genetic engineering of organisms. As the building block of life, DNA forms the integral core components of an organism. DNA is responsible for the formation of the organism dictating its growth structure. An organism contains a series of DNA chains which have genes that reflect the blueprint of the organism. Altering the genetic makeup of an organism can influence how that organism will grow and develop. Thus, through genetic engineering, scientists can alter the genetic of a plant or animal by reorganizing the genetic segments of one plant or animal and associate them to other plant or animals genes. This will never happen to any plant or animal naturally, instead it is through genes alteration by scientists. The objective of this paper is to present a critical analysis of the benefits and costs of utilizing genetically modified organisms in society. I argue that using genetically modified organisms is potentially dangerous to human health and the environment and governments should enact strict regulations regarding the use of genetically modified organisms in industrial agriculture. 2. Nutrition Traditional forms of industrial agriculture cannot sustain the growing population of hungry and starving individuals in developing countries. Proponents of genetic engineering argue that genetically modified organisms can be engineered to "resist disease, produce... ... middle of paper ... ...d solutions. 11.References Bryan, J. (1995). Genetic engineering. New York: Thomson Learning. Friedman, L. S. (2008). Genetic engineering. Detroit: Greenhaven Press. Herring, M. Y. (2006). Genetic engineering. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press Khan, S. J., et al. "Genetically Modified Organisms: Food Security or Threat to Food Safety." Pakistan Journal of Science 64.2 (2012):6-12. Academic Search Complete. Web. 19 Nov. 2013. Stwertka, E., & Stwertka, A. (1989). Genetic engineering (Rev. ed., 2nd ed.). New York: F. Watts. Wang, Karen. "Should We Promote the Widespread Consumption of Biotech Foods?." Young Scientists Journal 5.12 (2012): 77-79. Academic Search Complete. Web. 19 Nov. 2013. Williams, J. G., & Ceccarelli, A. (1993). Genetic engineering. Oxford: BIOS Scientific Publishers. Yount, L. (2002). Genetic engineering. San Diego, Calif.: Greenhaven Press ;.

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