This can be achieved by modifying the genetic makeup of the parent plant that produces the seeds. As the amount of land for food decreases with the growing population, the quality and success of crop growths have to be achieved without flaw (Siedler 48). “Many of the techniques used in biotechnology today are not new but are more precise and more rapid versions of traditional methods used throughout history” (Siedler 48). This means that genetic modification is just a more advanced version of cross-breeding plants used in the earlier days. By insuring in genetically modified foods, it is possible to reduce the chance of widespread famine (“Genetic Engineering”).
Supports also claim that the technology has important benefits for consumers including lower food costs, more nutritious food and reduced exposure to disease. GM technology could improve the health of hundreds of millions of people around the world. They point out that scientists have already made genetically modified rice, wheat, fruits and other foods that are more nutritious to eat then their traditionally grown food. GM expert Peter Pringle notes that researchers have even developed a genetically modified soybean that elevates omega-3 acids in the blood. Found naturally in salmon, trout and fresh tuna.
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.
(ThefreeDictionary) PURPOSE OF GMOs Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are a cause of continuous debate. What would be the purpose of producing genetically altered food? Many argue that GMOs could prove to be very beneficial, the use of GMOs could lead to advances in medicine, and agriculture, and they could also prevent famine in poor underdeveloped countries. Genetic modification offers many benefits: pest control, disease resistant crops, drought resistant crops, no use of insecticides, nutritional beneficial foods, and less contamination. This is only a short list of the many benefits offered by the used of GMOs.
Well GMO’s allows food flavors to become enhanced because they are engineered, corn can become extra sweeter, peppers can become spicier, and the flavor can be enhanced without losing its nutrients. GMOs have better resistance to diseases, as well as pests. The GMO’s can allow plants have their own vaccine because a vaccine can be encoded into them genetically. Because of genetic modification the crops can be made to carry more vitamins and make it possible to increase the health of the people consuming the food. This benefit is especially important for food consumers in developing countries where people don’t always have access to essential nutritional resources.
In the U.S., GM foods have received little public opposition; this is largely due to the fact that food manufacturers are not required to label their products as containing genetically modified ingredients for fear of confusing consumers. Due to the lack of evidence that genetically altered foods are harmful, the Food and Drug Administration considers GM foods to be “generally regarded as safe” (known as GRAS) and no special labeling is required (Falkner 103). In the U.S., genetically modified crops are monitored by t... ... middle of paper ... ...3): 2051. Academic Search Premier. Web.
With the drought resistant crops that can grow in heavily salted or constantly hot and dry places, Farmers would be able to produce more crops. In third world countries they have to ship and distribute vaccines to the people living there. The task isnt easy and sometimes there are issues with packaging and shipping the vacancies as well as injecting them to the local people. Researchers and scientist are looking for ways to put the vaccinations into somes crops like tomatoes and potatoes. These crops... ... middle of paper ... ... bodies of water.
Once they are approved in these countries, millions of people will reap the benefits. A lot of consumers in Asia do not get enough vitamin A in their diets which consists mainly of rice (Paarlberg). Since they are not getting enough vitamin A, there is a high incidence of blindness and eye problems in these countries. If farmers were allowed, they could plant a product that is called “golden rice” that has been genetically modified to contain vitamin A. Another example of how GMOs could be beneficial is in India.
Many of the foods that Americans consume today are genetically modified. These foods are being modified to benefit the American people in many ways. For example, some modified foods and crops prevent the need of pesticides, which make them less dangerous because no harmful chemicals are involved. In addition to this, the use of modified foods can benefit America in other ways. For these reasons, America should invest more time, money, and effort into genetically modified foods and crops because these enhanced foods can be created to resist insects, become a natural vaccine, and become more nutritional.
Furthermore, with the use of molecular genetics, we are able to produce foods that are rich in nutrients and supplements. People in developing countries may not be fortunate enough to have a full course meal that contains nutrients from all four basic food groups. However, GMOs can with a little modification provide all the amino acids, vitamins, and minerals included in a good diet by simply consuming a genetically modified staple crop such as rice. In addition, by producing crops that are resistant to harsh environmental conditions as well as pests, we would see a rapid increase in the production of food thereby reducing and or! possibly eliminating starvation in developing countries.