How many of you hear the words “genetically modified food” and immediately think “BAD”? How many of you scorn the idea that genetically modified foods are useful? How many of you have been manipulated by the media to think that all biotechnology is evil? Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are organisms that have been genetically spliced to achieve a certain trait. As the demand for a larger food supply is increasing due to population growth, the benefits that GMO foods provide are being hailed as the only solution to the food crisis. However, many people are making inadequately informed decisions, and are pushing them to the back shelf. I will inform you on why genetically modified organisms may be the only way to a stable, safe future for the less fortunate.
Over the past decade or so, society has made a turn for the better by putting more importance on their health and well-being. People now have begun to truly care about what they put into their bodies. Nutritional labels are being read, ingredients are being deciphered, everyone is becoming more knowledgeable and educated. Food companies everywhere are now advertising symbols that display the common health topics people everywhere want: “Fresh, Never Frozen” “100% organic” or “certified Non GMO”. Over the last decade genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, have become highly controversial. Whether they pose a harm to human welfare or not has not been proven, yet a lot of people deem them as being detrimental. The widespread
If you read the paper or watch the news, you’re undoubtedly aware of the debate raging over genetically modified food. Is it bad or is it good? Between the feuding sides, you might find yourself a little lost and wondering which side is right. Answers to seemingly simple questions have been blurred or exaggerated by both sides. On one side genetically modified food is more sustainable, safe, cheaper, easier to grow and has the potential of creating disease-fighting foods. Although this is positive and good intentioned, there may be unintended consequences that we have been quick to overlook. Those opposing genetically modified food clam that it is dangerous, harms the environment, increases health risks, and causes infertility and weight gain. Even things like the declining bee population may have closer ties to modified food than previously thought. We must look to science for answers. By studying genetically modified organisms (GMOs) we can guide our decision about whether we want to be consuming them.
... process say that even though this method looks very promising for our future, it still needs to have further testing done before it is widely accepted, (EBSCO, 2004). Another big issue that stands out for this method of food production, is that it is made to be resistant to certain antibiotics, and if a person consumes a genetically modified food, and are on antibiotics for a specific health related issue, will this stop the person from becoming healthy, and the medication working for them. Critics are also concerned that genetically modified foods have less nutritional value than it's original counterparts. Genetically modified foods can also lack the necessary amount of phytoestrogens to fight off cancer, and heart disease, (Bashki, 2003, Whitman, 2000, EBSC, 2004, Smith, 2003). Food borne diseases are also an issue, and are a widespread concern for many people.
Over the past decade, there has been much debate on the topic of genetically modified foods. It has been questioned whether or not these products benefit society more than they hurt it. There has not been enough time to study the long term affects of this type of food, but recent findings have shown that the field offers great potential. There are many people who wish to see genetically modified foods banned because they are uncomfortable with the idea, but this type of thinking is completely illogical. Our society should be more accepting towards genetically modified foods because they are a great way to feed our growing population, extra nutrients can be added to the foods, and they offer us a wider, cheaper variety of food.
Genetically modified foods (GMOs) have been a type of food that has taken over the foods in the United States. Some people aren’t even aware of what GMOs are and some don’t mind; then there are some who refuse to eat it. Everyone has quickly formed an opinion of GMOs, but not everyone has done the research to know where GMOs come from, who pushes for GMOs, why GMOs are good, why GMOs are bad, and what foods have GMOs. GMOs are an interesting part of our food that has progressed so fast and most don’t even realize that it is in our food. GMOs have been around since the early 1930’s and have a quickly progressed more than anyone could have ever imagined it would.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Three words (or letters) that can incite arguments between even the most rational individuals. However this paper is not a discussion on the safety, or lack thereof, of GMOs. Instead, it looks at the costs versus benefits of labeling genetically modified foods. Technically genetically modified (GM) means “any change to the heritable traits of an organism achieved by intentional manipulation” (Premanandh 37). Though when using the designation genetically modified in reference to food, it commonly refers to the transgenic modification of the organism’s genome in a laboratory for the purpose of enhancing desirable traits. These desirable traits can be increased resistance to pesticides and herbicides, improved growth under drought conditions, improved nutritional contents, and pest resistance. The first GMOs were developed for the industrial production of medicinal products in the late 1980s (Premanandh 37). By 1996 the first GMOs were grown for public consumption and today GM corn, cotton, oilseed rape (canola), and soybeans are widely available to consumers in the United States (Federici 519). Widespread use and consumption of GMOs throughout the past decade has caused an increased level of concern over the safety of GMOs. These concerns have led numerous states in the past several years to consider legislation to implement mandatory GMO labeling requirements. I however, do not think there should be mandatory GMO food labeling in the US; there are not enough demonstrable benefits of mandatory labeling to make it an economically viable option.
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.
Congress hereby finds and declares that genetically modified foods should require labeling and identification because the functions of genetic manipulation are only partially understood and may cause critical harm. For years, genetically modified food has been a challenging controversial problem among the world. There are numbers of dispute between the advantages and disadvantage in the food production of using genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Genetically modified organisms are organisms whose genetic material have been altered by taking genes from one species and inserting them into another in an attempt to obtain a desired trait that the original species did not have. Many countries around the world have banned the production of GMOs in their nation. United States does not only NOT ban GMOs but manufacturers are not required to identify or label a GMOs product. The public should have the right to know what they are consuming. Genetically modified food can also increase human health risk and impact the environment negatively.
Food is an essential part of everyday life without it one could not survive. Every day we make choices on what we put in to our bodies. There are countless varieties of food to choose from to meet the diverse tastes of the increasing population. Almost all food requires a label explaining the ingredients and the nutritional value allowing consumers to make informed decisions on what they are consuming. However, many may not be considering where that food is coming from or how it has been produced. Unfortunately, there is more to food than meets the eye. Since 1992, “ the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ruled, based on woefully limited data, that genetically modified foods were ‘substantially equivalent’ to their non-GM counterparts” (Why to Support Labeling). GM food advocates have promised to create more nutritious food that will be able to grow in harsh climate conditions and eventually put an end to world hunger in anticipation of the growing population. There is very little evidence to support these claims and study after study has proven just the opposite. GM crops are not only unsafe to consume, but their growing practices are harmful to the environment, and multinational corporations are putting farmers out of business.
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