Genetically Modified Organisms : The Environment, And The Health And Wellbeing Of Animals

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Genetically modified organisms are any organisms that have been altered using genetic engineering, which consist of bacteria, plants, and animals. They have also been engineered for applications such as agricultural production and scientific research. There are many negative effects of genetic modified organisms as in the impact it has on the environment, and the health and wellbeing of animals and humans. Some different types of health effects are allergens, toxicity, and the lack of nutrition. Those who are concerned with GMO consumption should consider everything you they consume by reading labels and opting out for organic produce, also the Federal government mandating genetically modified food to be labeled as well as monitor the environment are ways to slowly rid genetically modified consumption and the risk that they bring with them. In today’s society, the food industry is facing many concerns when considering genetic modification within their produce. There are many concerns attached to GMOs in general such as the short term effects that are caused when consuming genetically modified foods. “For the most part, transferring genes from a commonly known allergenic food is not encouraged worldwide but there are still unintended allergic consequences that can occur from the technology” (Murnaghan, 2014). The most common short term effect is allergens. According to Food Allergy Research and Education, “nearly any food is capable of causing an allergic reaction.” Soy is one of the most commonly consumed genetically engineered produce that causes allergens. Soy contains large amounts of biologically active compounds called isoflavones. Studies have also shown soy causing breast cancer in animals and humans. It would also be wise ... ... middle of paper ... ...ng to the federal government’s Mutant Variety Database, thousands of new varieties have been created through mutation breeding, either by radiation like gamma rays, thermal neutrons, X-rays, or by exposure to certain chemicals. Crops produced through mutation breeding have been sold in supermarkets for decades with no label or widespread common knowledge about their genetic alterations. Today, the genetic modification of crop plants has been steeped in controversy and misinformation. People should be well informed of what they are consuming. Labeling all GMO products will allow people to decide to choose those products or not after being fully aware of the risks. Also, monitoring the consumption of the GMO products and matching those with the disease and birth defects will help us isolate the problem; thus, preventing it from being a national or global problem.

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