Should Labeling be Required for GMOs? The debate over genetically modified foods continues to haunt producers and consumers alike. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are foods that have been modified through bioengineering to possess certain characteristics. These plants have been modified in the laboratory to enhance traits such as increased resistance to herbicides or increased nutritional content (Whitman, 2000). The debate continues to grow as to whether these genetically altered foodstuffs are the answer to hunger in the coming years, or whether we are simply children playing with something that we do not have the capacity to understand.
Despite the obvious benefits of more nutritious foods and crops that are hardier and more resistant to harsher climates, there are some concerns surrounding GM foods. Each new alteration can cause an unforeseen allergic reaction, negate the effects of antibiotics, or potentially cause some adverse effects to the environment (Falkner 101). Every newly developed GM food must be tested on a case by case basis as there is no universal method that determines the safety of all modified components. As a result, long term effects of ingesting food with altered material are unknown. You may not know it, but in the United States GM foods are quite prevalent.
Food, food, food, is what our American culture revolves around. Supposedly biotechnology has been used to make “improvements” in our food, from the fast food industry to our local grocery store. This has gone largely unnoticed by the general public. Maybe you’ve heard of a GMO? These supposedly improved, genetically modified organisms aren’t very beneficial to our bodies at all, but the FDA wouldn’t want us to notice that.
Genetically modified foods differ from normal conventional foods in that it contains or is produced from genetically modified organisms. GM foods are subjected to an extensive range of analytical tests for food safety evaluation. Such tests include composition analysis, allergenicity tests, toxicological analysis, nutritional evaluation and many more. In my opinion, GM foods cannot be classed as wholly beneficial or not, they come with both their advantages and disadvantages. It is simply up to the individual whether the choose to opt for this new-found technology, or to stick with conventional food.
The key is to produce GMO’s which stands for genetically modified organisms. The world needs to overcome its fear of genetically modified food, as it will be hugely significant in the future. Genetically modified foods are often mistaken as fake food that is grown in test tubes or injected with chemicals. Instead of seeing the negatives of genetically modified foods, people must begin to see the positives because of the purpose they will serve in the upcoming years. Problems with the world’s food are caused because of, global warming, growth in population and problematic weather conditions, but can be solved using GMO’s.
In terms of controversies, one of the greatest concerns is the long-term health affects that genetically modified foods will have on human health” (History of Genetically Modified Foods). There is still a long way to go for these genetically modified crops. In the video “Just Label It” actor Tom Collichio explains that 92% of Americans would rather our food be labeled if it has been genetically modified. It also says that the FDA has no current policy about labeling such products; therefore we have to take a stand if thi... ... middle of paper ... ... genetically modified crops go, think twice next time someone buys something for dinner that may or may not be genetically modified. There are alternatives that are extremely safe, and these could help the general population become, as a whole, healthier.
Biotechnology has been lauded as the future of agriculture. However, the business leaders and scientists involved in biotech did not predict how controversial genetically modified foods would be. Despite all the promises and merits proclaimed by research by different biotech companies and the governments like reduced pesticide usage, higher crop yields, the controversy surrounding its application to food production persists in many nations. One of the key issues that have surrounded the GM debate is the labeling of GM products. While some countries require the labeling of such products, others do not.
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine stated that several animal studies indicate serious adverse health risks associated with the consumption of GM food such as infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation and changes in major organs and gastrointestinal systems (Smith, 2007). The production of GM food does have its benefits in the aspect of mass-producing potentially nutritionally beneficial foods but the actual consumption of it is questionably not safe for animal consumption. Labeling needs to be widely accepted and used across North and South America where a majority of GMO foods are produced so people have the ability to know what they are putting into their bodies and the knowledge to act upon this.
Therefore, increase of virus tolerance, acquisition of degenerativ... ... middle of paper ... ...ll have to face economic, social and crisis to adjust themselves to the new food industry. The world is facing a controversy, a battle between the benefits promoted by the GM food advocates and the tangible results. Consumers must know the consequences of GM Food consumption, nevertheless it is not clear if the governments are trying to hide the truth or the customers decided to ignore it. Works Cited Lambrick, M. (2009). Counterpoint: Genetically Modified Foods Carry Numerous Risks.
Mankind doesn’t know the affects GMOs could produce by injecting a gene from another species into a crop. Why would a person risk food security opposed to eating organic foods which have been proven healthy throughout history. In despite of their dangerousness GMO’s have still been able to reach our tables. No one can guarantee how GMOs’ side effects will affect us long-term and proving their safety is almost impossible because we don’t have the technology to prove it. Supporters of genetic engineering argue that altering a crops DNA to improve the nutritional value will help people in third world countries who suffer from malnutrition.