Other plants can’t handle the harsh weather changes or the climate they are being grown in, so that’s were genetic mutation came into play. The demand to have a crop that will prosper even after being exposed to the harsh pesticides, basically giving the plant super genetics so that it can survive the season, and be more reliable in large crops. Even though genetically modified foods are easier to mass produce, the risks of genetic engineering are far greater than the benefits and many of risks are still unknown. Still companies are selling their product with genetically modified ingredient to American food suppliers as if we are their lab rats in their scientific experiment. (Charleson) The large demand for food around the world is growing, and the ways of producing the produce is becoming more and more complex as well.
Moreover, the temptation of an increased profit from a cheap rate of production for genetically modified foods has blinded many ambitious companies from realizing the health concerns regarding their customers. (PBS, par 80) Ultimately, genetically modified crops which are unnatural to the earth serve as gateways for superbugs to enter organic farms and lands surrounding these synthesized crops. (PBS, par 59) The abnormal structures and unnatural substances in genetically modified foods have proven to have harmful affects on the body. With such a dominant presence in the food industry, genetically modified foods have leaked into peoples’ staple foods, having a consistent attack on people’s health. One of the pressing health complications that come with genetically engineered foods is allergies.
The expensive seeds yield a product that gains a hefty profit but only big farms can keep up with this big stakes, big rewards game. This is in turn putting small local farms out of business, because grocery stores and companies want to buy the plant that is the biggest and has the most product to it. Not only do Monsanto’s plants put small farms out of business, there have also been many lawsuits against them for contaminating organic farms. Runoff ... ... middle of paper ... ...eed to create something that's a little more health-friendly and not just something to take over the world." I believe food should have to be labeled clearly so people know if it is a genetically modified organism.
Since it is still a new method we still do not know the long-term effects of GM food. While genetic modified food have many benefits to human society, there are still some concerns on what it will do to the ecosystem and whether it is safe to consume and economically ethically. While it is true that genetic engineering is beneficial to humans as they could grow more food and even add nutrition into the food. Like corn and soybean, they are genetic engineering to resistant to pesticides and herbicides so that all the corps could grow. The corps is even genetic modified to grow bigger and to have some nutrition that they were never to naturally have.
What the unknown is that, the consequences maybe deadly to the consumer, it is unknown how the human body can react the tampered food. Previously stated, Genetically Modified Foods have probably been eaten already at least once by the population. Once again 2/3 of America has genetically modified foods in thier supermarket. With a high percentage, people wonder what the long term effects may be in the long run in food consumption. The crop most altered is the Soy Bean, the 2nd most altered crop is Corn.
The only engineered foods you may see will not be the soybeans or potatoes that have more protein or less fat but the herbicide resistant corn or pest resistant wheat. These foods have shown to be profitable for both farmers and corporations. Consumers have been wary of these modified foods since the Flavr Savr tomato, the first consumer orientated genetically modified organism (GMO), hit the market, prompting biotechnology firms to focus their research on the cash crops: soybeans, corn and wheat. These large corporations are after the profit if there are benefits to society then that is only an afterthought. “Biotechnology executives say it's too complex and costly to create innovative fruits and vegetables that farmers might not plant in large numbers and consumers might not be willing to pay more for, or even accept,”(Fulmer 2).
Genetically Engineered Food Crops: Benefits Outweigh Risks Genetically engineered (GE) food crops have caused heated debate in the food industry for many decades and have caused many consumers major concern. According to Dr. Carroll Rawn, a biology professor at Seton Hall University, genetically engineering food entails taking genes from a certain crop and inserting those genes in the DNA of another. This process changes the nucleotide sequence of the crop and, therefore, its characteristics. The debate lies in the question of whether these changes are beneficial for the productivity and quality of the harvest. Jeremy Rifkin argues in his article, “Science and Technology: O Brave New World,” that GE foods are not beneficial for the environment by stating, “Virtually every genetically engineered organism released into the environment poses a potential threat to the ecosystem” (247).
So, these generic modified products need less farming. Consumers need fewer products from Agricultural and Business Bureau by making a petition to stop sales. Genetically engineered food needs to be limited for consumers because genetically modified diets produce more problems like economic instability, health and human risks, and environmental hazards. Farmers harvest genetically modified foods because they are healthier and more nutritious. The Bureau of Farm states, "Georgian farms are in harvest and huge sales for genetically altered crops.”(Dr. Martha R. Herbert 1).
Mass-production saves time and money. World War II helped move America into a society that mass-produced nearly all food. Even though mass-producing foods saves money, energy, and time, the process no longer works and is harming people more than helping them. During our great and great-great grandparents’ time, people were not able to pick up a pre-made sandwich and they would not have been able to buy small packets of something called Go-Gurts: a small, freeze-able packet of so-called yogurt. After and during the impact of World War II, the meaning of time changed.
As society has grown, it seems systems in place attempt to become more efficient and selling haggled pieces of corn is not efficient. It is no wonder why scientists all over the world are working for major corporations like Monsano to make produce and livestock more reliable and efficient. These byproducts are known as GMOs or Genetically Modified Organisms. Although I will openly admit, I am against the idea of GMOs and the unidentified side effects that they may pose, I do believe GMOs have improved the quality of food. Without GMOs we would all be eating haggled pieces of corn!