Genetically modified foods are found in almost every store and are very common in America. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is a very controversial and heated topic in the agricultural industry. Humans first began to genetically alter organisms and crops in the 1990’s and began to be widely used in the early 2000’s. This new technology has scared many uninformed people who fear change and new agricultural techniques. GMO fearing individuals need to realize the benefits of GMO’s; genetically altered crops are the future of agriculture. Genetically altered crops are essential because of today's growing population, safe, cheap technology, and the many examples of successful crops.
Throughout the twentieth century, farmers use techniques to strengthen plants to ensure greater food productivity. One of the early forms of genetically modified foods are hybrid plants. By breeding two of the strongest plants together, scientists are able to obtain a stronger offspring. As science progressed with Watson’s discovery of DNA, biologists were able to identify certain genes that would be desired. Today, foods are genetically modified through experiments with the insertion of genes administered through a needle or breeding. Genetically modified foods should be produced as they allow the fruit or vegetable to withstand certain diseases leading to more production, benefits the consumer due to increased nutritional value, and provide scientists with new mixtures of nutrients to contribute to medicine.
In the U.S., GM foods have received little public opposition; this is largely due to the fact that food manufacturers are not required to label their products as containing genetically modified ingredients for fear of confusing consumers. Due to the lack of evidence that genetically altered foods are harmful, the Food and Drug Administration considers GM foods to be “generally regarded as safe” (known as GRAS) and no special labeling is required (Falkner 103). In the U.S., genetically modified crops are monitored by t...
Genetically modified foods have an enormous amount of untapped potential. Today, many people are still not at ease with the concept, but hopefully we will see more acceptance in the near future. The idea is relatively new, and there is much to be known about the method. It already has shown great promise and further research could lead to greater achievements. Genetically engineered foods have both economic and humanitarian benefits and they may even become a necessity to satisfy our growing population.
Many people today are often amazed by the amount of nutrition and health information required for humans. The constant stream of genetic modification of food can be confusing. Genetically modified (GM) foods are plants and animals that have had their genetic makeup artificially altered by scientists to make them grow faster, taste better, last longer and to provide more nutrients. Scientists make these alternations by transferring genes from one organism into another in order to change the condition or character of the receiving organism. This process is known as biotechnology or genetic engineering (GE), and it has revolutionized the way that agriculture is practiced in many parts of the world. Researchers are now able to use GE technology to create “better” versions of milk, tomatoes, corn, soybeans and other food products that have been consumed by Humans for centuries.
In the recent years , genetically modified food and organisms have been the center of talk
Over the course of this speech, sixty people will die. Imagine all of your friends and family gone within the next five minutes. Imagine the classroom next door, gone, and imagine our class, gone. Every four seconds another person dies from hunger. 21,000 people die every day. That’s 7.5 million people each and every year (“World Hunger Statistics” 1). Why is it now that enhancing foods is a problem? Why is it, that people oppose the production of these foods as the amount of hungry people in the world number nearly a billion (Diamandis and Kotler 100)? More people die daily from hunger than the total number of Americans killed over the past eleven years in Iraq (Jean-Louis, Linch, Fetterhoff , and Hadar 1). This war against hunger is not something that we may continue to kick down the road. The time to deal with it is now. Genetically enhanced organisms are necessary to end the war on hunger and save millions of lives.
Contrary to popular belief, the field of biotechnology is not new by any means. Archeological evidence shows that ancient Egyptians produced beer by steeping a starch source in water and then fermenting it with yeast, thus, the first form of biotechnology. Flash-forward to the mid-1800’s, scientists, with the help of Gregor Mendel’s laws of genetics, were able to successfully practice “selective breeding” amongst their crops. With this, the field of biotechnology took a huge turn. Scientists now had the understanding necessary to manipulate plants and mate them based on their desired traits. However, until recently, this was all done naturally, through plant-to-plant cross-fertilization. Nowadays, this process can occur instantly, with no need to wait for the natural life cycle of a plant. After a few groundbreaking discoveries, it became apparent that society could greatly benefit from the genetic altercation of these biological resources and consequently, biotechnology boomed.
Commercial planting of genetically modified seeds in the United States began in 1996, and quite soon after this, food products containing GMOs began appearing on grocery store shelves, and mostly without peoples’ knowledge. By the year 2011, 94 percent of all soybeans and 88 percent of all corn grown within the U.S. was genetically modified. Soy and corn, along with other common GM foods such as canola oil, cottonseed oil, and sugar from sugar beets, are used as ingredients in numerous other products, so most people have been eating GM foods without even realizing it (Smith, 2012).
Most foods in the United States have become genetically modified over the years, in fact, experts say that 60- 70% of processed foods on U.S. grocery store shelves have genetically modified(GM) ingredients. (Web MD, 2013) Due to the fact that the US is the leading producer in these genetically modified crops, there is a large amount of controversy surrounding whether or not these things are safe. Some of these concerns are that not many people really know what they are, why they have been modified, if it is safe to consume these products, and how they actually modify the ingredients to these foods. However, many people often assume things and make false arguments without doing research on the topic of genetically modified foods in the first place.