In the recent years , genetically modified food and organisms have been the center of talk in the food department . These products have replaced our old diet of genetically altered foods, which has had a tremendous impact on not only our health , but also on the environment. One of the biggest problems with these genetically modified products , is that the big named companies are not required to label if their products are genetically modified. They are way to many negatives to weigh out the pluses on this topic and that is why most Americans are against genetically modified food. Genetically modified foods are foods from organisms that have been genetically engineered.
The only engineered foods you may see will not be the soybeans or potatoes that have more protein or less fat but the herbicide resistant corn or pest resistant wheat. These foods have shown to be profitable for both farmers and corporations. Consumers have been wary of these modified foods since the Flavr Savr tomato, the first consumer orientated genetically modified organism (GMO), hit the market, prompting biotechnology firms to focus their research on the cash crops: soybeans, corn and wheat. These large corporations are after the profit if there are benefits to society then that is only an afterthought. “Biotechnology executives say it's too complex and costly to create innovative fruits and vegetables that farmers might not plant in large numbers and consumers might not be willing to pay more for, or even accept,”(Fulmer 2).
“Progress imposes not only new possibilities for the future but new restrictions” (Norbert Wiener), as society struggles to keep up with today's’ evolving world it begins to lose its sense of humanity. Earning money has become the key point of every large business in todays economy, yet they ignore the affects its products have on American health. In the United States today most processed foods contain Genetically Modified Crops, roughly ninety percent of American soy products are genetically modified with little restrictions. (Brassard,Susan) Despite the benefits genetically modified crops may give of a sustainable food source the health related effects it has on its consumers are questionable, the risks of ingesting the antibiotic resistant gene used to mutate the plants are still unknown, as well as other linked side effects such as developing allergic reactions. Genetically modified organisms are created through specific laboratory techniques of combining different plant genes to create a clone to farming efficiency.
Organic foods are becoming exceedingly over-price due to the immense yield of GM foods. Whether it is reconized throughout society or not, genetically modified foods can even help under privilidged individuals lives with that single stalk of corn. Without GM foods, the world’s current situation will become exceedingly difficult as populations continue to rise and natural resources continue to diminish. Some individuals still continue to obtain an inner drive to abolish the production and distribution of GM foods however, these foods are definately helping the environment and society in the given ways.
So, these generic modified products need less farming. Consumers need fewer products from Agricultural and Business Bureau by making a petition to stop sales. Genetically engineered food needs to be limited for consumers because genetically modified diets produce more problems like economic instability, health and human risks, and environmental hazards. Farmers harvest genetically modified foods because they are healthier and more nutritious. The Bureau of Farm states, "Georgian farms are in harvest and huge sales for genetically altered crops.”(Dr. Martha R. Herbert 1).
People are very unaware of the harmful and deadly chemicals used to make some of the foods they are putting into their body. Not only is the food industry not directly saying what is in the food, but they also hide how the animals that are slaughtered are treated. There are many documentaries that show the harsh truth and savagery of the food industry. People should be educated on where and how their food is made. Without the proper nutrition, our bodies do not function as well as they normally should.
This chemical, distributed to soy beans, is also toxic and dangerous to fish and other plant life, making the top soil unusable for other vegetables. Processed vegetarian protein options like soybeans can cause greenhouse gas pollution along with the top soil loss. The myth that a vegetarian diet will solve world hunger is untrue due to the fact of top soil loss. The 925 million people in chronic hunger worldwide are not affected by meat eaters in countries like the United States. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, distributions and economics are the cause of hunger in other states and countries.
Whether we like it or not genetic modified organisms (GMOs) are on our dinner table and in our air. Suddenly, activists and the media have become obsessed with avoiding GMOs and labeling them as an evil new technology. The truth is these products have been out in the public since the early 1990s. Genetic engineering (GE) is just a tool that is being used to improve our methods in agriculture, just as technology including computers or other new electronic updates that make our lives easier day by day. We use science to make improvements little by little over the years while some fail others may be successful.
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.
As the years progressed, scientists started to genetically modify the very essence of organisms to match their needs. Not only has fast food incorporated this into their food, even our supermarkets contain these new products. The question “Are genetically modified organisms good for society?” might be going through your mind. However, what these scientists did worked against the well being of society and affected it immensely. Genetically modified foods are unsafe, but most people can not differentiate what is good.