It tells the government and public what they want to hear not what they need to hear. Monsanto offers farmers a wide range of corn, soybean, cotton, wheat, canola, sorghum, and sugar cane seeds. They are genetically modification resist herbicide applications or ward off pests. Although it sounds beneficial, the long term issues are devastating to not only to the environment but to the whole human population. If the plants are resistant to herbicides and pests they could eventually be able help bugs (or pests) evolve and become able to resist against even the strongest GM plants.
“Progress imposes not only new possibilities for the future but new restrictions” (Norbert Wiener), as society struggles to keep up with today's’ evolving world it begins to lose its sense of humanity. Earning money has become the key point of every large business in todays economy, yet they ignore the affects its products have on American health. In the United States today most processed foods contain Genetically Modified Crops, roughly ninety percent of American soy products are genetically modified with little restrictions. (Brassard,Susan) Despite the benefits genetically modified crops may give of a sustainable food source the health related effects it has on its consumers are questionable, the risks of ingesting the antibiotic resistant gene used to mutate the plants are still unknown, as well as other linked side effects such as developing allergic reactions. Genetically modified organisms are created through specific laboratory techniques of combining different plant genes to create a clone to farming efficiency.
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.
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.
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.
The fact that people can patent crops just because they stuck some new DNA in them doesn’t make sense to begin with, but furthermore, the local, organic farmers who don’t want to, or can’t afford to pay these industries to use their patented crops are losing business. As I was doing my research, I came across all t... ... middle of paper ... ... Bibliography: Charles, Dan. "Top Five Myths Of Genetically Modified Seeds, Busted."NPR. NPR, 18 Oct. 2012. Web.
In a time before genetically modified crops were as common as they are today, the use of the crop was to feed a person or use in a way to gain money. It was the responsibility of other aspects of crop growing to deter pests and keep the plant healthy. Genetically modified crops and foods are now coupled with the “proper” use of the crop and responsible for the other phase of growing crops. Many ecologists b... ... middle of paper ... ... growing of genetically modified foods may be damaging the environment and the ecosystem but when it comes to the labeling debate my opinion is a solid no despite the fears and unknown that are associated with the food. The debate over labeling genetically modified foods in Colorado revolves around the economic, health and consumer choice aspects of GM foods.
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.
It will also not help solve world hunger because some GM crops need many resources to be able for them to produce into healthy crops and poor farmers don’t have much resources. Stop and think about your food before letting it enter your body. Is it safe? Is it good for me? Well, if you find yourself stuck in one of those situations where you can’t decide whether GM foods are good for you or bad, you’ve come to the right place.
Critics of GE technology claim there are known and unknown health, social, ethical and environmental risks involved with the introduction of this technology. There are also claims that this technology has little if any benefits to the developing world and will in fact only benefit the developed world, and multinational biotech corporations such as Monsanto. Critics argue that whatever benefits developing nations gain from GE technology, these are far outweighed by the risks involved. Proponents’ of genetically modified foods strongest claim is that this technology will be... ... middle of paper ... ...r crops. Therefore, even though it is inevitable that some of Monsanto’s seed is going to travel and end up on another farm, that farm that it lands on could be sued for everything it has.