GMO 's provide us with the increased amounts of food that we need to feed an constantly growing population. As Nobel Prize laureate, Dr Norman E. Borlaug puts it: "There is no evidence to indicate that biotechnology is dangerous. After all, mother nature has been doing this kind of thing for God knows how long,". (Tervil Okoko, AgBioWorld) GMO 's have been around for far longer than people give them credit for – and in fact many of the foods we 've grown to love today like apples, bananas, grapes, and potatoes have all been modified for ease of human consumption. GMO 's reduce the amount of land needed in order to plant crops, as they produce crops of the same size with more yield than non-genetically engineered food. GMO 's allow for more nutritious, resilient, and better tasting food. There are currently no credible studies proving that the use of rDNA can lead to health defects in humans, and genetically engineered foods go through more rigorous testing than non-GMO 's. Contrary to the statistics, GMO 's are currently being developed to reduce pesticide use through intrinsic pest resistance – and a German study that was published on PLOS even concluded that “On average, GM technology adoption has reduced chemical pesticide use by 37%, increased crop yields by 22%, and increased farmer profits by 68%” (Wilhelm Klümper & Matin Qaim, PLOS). GMO 's can even help us fight back against climate change, as it allows the creation of crops resistant to severe weather – like droughts, which California (one of the best sources for crops in the nation) is currently experiencing with no particular end date in sight. Additionally, because of the aforementioned factors, GMO 's can be used to fight back against world hunger. They 're produced in mass quality, are cheaper, and more durable than non-genetically modified foods – in short, they 're an incredibly
Considering an argument as valid requires critical analysis of several aspects and providing strong evidence. Robin Mather, a journalist who “has passion for food and its sources, has worked at major metropolitan newspapers (the Detroit News, the Chicago Tribune)”(86), argues that GMOs have risks and hazards to human health and threats to wildlife and environment in her article “The Threats from Genetically Modified Foods”, whereas Entine, a colleague at the Genetic Literacy Project, and Wendel, a science writer(82), claim that GMOs are safe to eat and no harm to people or animals in their article “2000+Reasons Why GMOs are Safe to Eat and Environmentally Sustainable” Both articles’ authors state their ideas clearly for whether GMOs could be eaten or not. However, Mather provides more solid
What are GMO 's? Where do they come from? A person can find themselves asking these questions. GMO 's stands for genetically modified organism. Many can confuse the word organism with only being related to humans, but in reality the word organism defines humans, plants or any single celled living thing (Bakshi). GMO 's come from nature but have long left their true values. The type of GMO that will be discussed in this paper it the type humans eat. Humans consume large amounts of GMO 's via vegetables, proteins, and vitamins. The funny thing is Gmo’s greatly reduce these proteins in the above listed. Americans need to have a better understanding about the foods they are ingesting. This knowledge will be acquired through the basic understandings
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are a highly debated topic all around the world. Someone from each side of the debate has an argument as to why GMOs should or should not be produced. Unfortunately, many others who are consuming these genetically modified products do not know that they are eating them and they do not know what they are. According to The American Heritage Dictionary online edition, a GMO is “an organism whose genetic characteristics have been altered by the insertion of a modified gene or a gene from another organism using the techniques of genetic engineering.” For example, corn had been modified to withstand herbicides giving farmers the ability to spray their crops with much more pesticides. In return, these pesticides
What does the term GMO mean? GMO is genetically modified organisms that were created by two scientists who spliced genes from one kind of organism into the DNA of another. In 1996, tobacco was the first genetically engineered plant, tested in Belgium and in 1997, the testing of tobacco and tomatoes was conducted in the United States. There are many questions and concerns and speculations of how genetically modified organisms affect the food that is consumed by the population, which in turn affects everyone’s general health.
GM crops actually even help farmers, the economy, and the environment. However, subjects regarding GMOs have a vast array of subtopics, opinions, and misinformation which makes it easy for someone to come to an uneducated opinion. Here is what we do know and what we cannot argue, you see, biotechnology is not in its infancy anymore and it will in fact save the world. The fact is that people are more afraid of the science behine GMOs than the GMOs themselves. Whoever said "we fear what we do not understand," forgot that we have science to help us understand. Don't be afraid of
Genetically Modified Organisms, also known as GMOs, are organisms that have had their genes tampered with to gain desirable traits. Desirable traits can include immunity to diseases, quicker growth, or even fattening an animal. GMOs are mainly used in food sources, such as animals or crops; the produce is engineered in such a way that it provides an advantage for the supplier and consumer.
Everyone in today's society hears GMOs and thinks that they are a bad product. Well that is not really the case, people have just put a bad name on GMOs. They are actually very beneficial to society. Now some may ask what are GMOs? It stands for genetically modified organism, they are used to make bigger, more developed products. GMOs use biotechnology to form a better crop. Farmers find them to be helpful, in crops, feed, and even animals.
GMO stands for “genetically modified organism”, which is a new organism, not found in nature, created by scientists when they genetically modify or engineer food plants. Health and environmental risks with genetically modified foods have been identified. Genetically modified foods are also frequently described as “genetically engineered”, “genetically altered” or “genetically
In Frankenstein, the famous 19th century novel by Mary Shelley, Dr. Victor Frankenstein's attempt to create new life from stitched-together body parts harvested from a variety of corpses leads to misery, destruction, and death. Nearly two centuries later, consumers face the perilous invasion of "Frankenfoods" – a term coined in 1992 by Boston College Professor Paul Lewis – into the produce aisles of mainstream markets. More commonly referred to as genetically modified organisms (GMOs), these are foods that have undergone splicing of genetic material from unrelated plants, animals, bacteria, or viruses for purported reasons that range from vitamin enrichment to enhanced resistance to disease. (Priesnitz 16) GMOs convey a host of threats to human health and the environment. Claims in favor of GMO crop cultivation and consumption must be seen for what they are: Industry-sponsored attempts to cash in on the naiveté of a hungry public. The preponderance of the independent scientific evidence proves the health and environmental dangers of genetically modified organisms, making it incumbent upon the United States to ban the import or sale of GMOs.
Genetically modified crops are harmful to humans and the environment and shouldn't be used. Agriculture should proceed in harmony with nature and nature only. That is why some people have decided to buy organically grown food. From their experiences with organic food, they believe that the organic system can be economically practical. This system also provides a wide range of environmental and social benefits, and most importantly, it enables consumers to make a choice about the food they eat. According to Diana Brander, an American biology teacher, we should have the choice of the type of food we eat.
...e on food safety and risk, but not a system that requires people to sort out their feelings about genetic engineering. Thus, I think that “messing” with nature to implant genes into crops is acceptable because we benefit from it. As mentioned and discussed above, scientists do genetic engineering, thus humans are responsible for nature and doing research on it. In short, I see genetically modified foods as nature playing with nature, where this playing is monitored and lead by genetic engineers, which I why I think that it is acceptable.
First, I would like to clarify my point of view on the statement made by Mr. Henry I. Miller and Gregory Conko, from “Scar Food,” policy Review (June/July 2006). The statement by Mr. Henry I. Miller and Gregory Conko of the Hoover Institution argue that genetically modified (GM) crops are safer for the consumer and better for the environment than non- GM crops. And also they discusses about topics such as Americans take food safety very seriously, Do not trust Mother Nature and also about property damage and personal Injury from the naturally produced foods. In addition to this Mr. Henry & Mr. Gregory is trying to say that genetically produced food are much safer than naturally produced food. As I went through this article I understood that it is about the advantages of introducing genetically modified foods are safer to consume than naturally produced food. So this part of the argument can be considered as the opinion of a one side of a coin.