Their possible detriments to the human condition are, for the most part, untested (at least long term) and thus many people do not feel comfortable eating them. The debate has raged for years, but only recently has it begun to receive much attention from consumers and food manufacturers alike. Now more than ever people are asking themselves, “should we be developing the technology for GM foods?” I hope to shed some light on this multifaceted and increasingly contested topic. Ever since mankind first began domesticating crops we have been looking for ways to make the process better. Farmers learned quickly that crossbreeding plants with desirable traits usually led to offspring with those traits, a science now known as heredity.
Genetically modified food has been in debate for several years. The American government supports genetically modified food, while the European government does not. It has become a power struggle over who is right and who is wrong. I personally feel that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are beneficial to the world and support the use of them. In 1993, Hawaii was facing something that could be very destructive to a great deal of people.
In recent years Genetically Modified Organisms or GMO’s have become a common product in our food even though research shows that it can have adverse effects such as cancer on the human body. There are too many people who simply follow what the label on their food says. Too many people who blindly trust the food producers. As the world has become more industrialized many people believe that food is still grown in the traditional way of man plants seeds, waters and weeds them and that when the plant has grown enough it is harvested. When in reality more and more plants are being created in a laboratory and being fed to people without being fully tested or proven healthy.
The past twenty years have seen rise to a new burgeoning scientific field: genetically modified foods. During the plant breeding process, geneticists interfere with the reproduction and modify the genes of the new seedling by introducing a fragment of DNA from another organism that possesses the desired trait. With genetic modification, scientists can increase the pest, herbicide, cold, and drought tolerance so that the crop can survive in harsher climates. In some cases, the nutritional value can even be increased (Ulrich 9). 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.
Genetic engineering may even one day be used to help solve world hunger. However, it also has its dangers and risks, which need to be considered along with its benefits. The fact that not everything is known about genetic engineering, and that large corporations use it to make a profit, is scary to many people. The recent technology of genetically engineering crops, plants, and animals, which involves modifying their genetic structure, has lead to benefits for farmers and everyday people; however, there are also numerous concerns due to the fact that the long term results are unknown, the possibility of dangerous accidents, and the danger of increased chemical usage. In the past decade, the world has seen genetic engineering become more and more common, and it is affecting many aspects of life.
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Genetically modified crops should be used in moderation, because they can have very negative effects on the population. There are several different ways that this trend of new and improved gene pools got their bearings but the most common theory is that “the 1980’s marked the scientific discovery that specific pieces of DNA could be transferred from one organism to another” (History of Genetically Modified Foods). This shows that the research started very long ago, and they have had a copious amount of time to perfect what they are putting into our food. “While the potential of GM crops is great, the laundry list of unknowns is troubling to many who want the process sidelined until the safety of GMOs can be concluded through research and studies. 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).
As the world population has increased man has come up with the technology to produce genetic modified food crops to keep up with the demand for food crops consumption, and crop by-products. Are Mother Nature species given way to man-made crops? Yes only because man is forcing this to happen. The effect of western farming practices and technology on the world’s ecosystems and the health of human race will have consequences that are going to be long-lasting. With all of the advancement in genetic modified food crops most nations have overlook what governs the requirements for biotech prac... ... middle of paper ... ...n to us, so it is better then what we had.
These shocking finding prove that, as a whole, Americans are uneducated about what they are eating and how it is produced. Genetically modified organisms, or GMO’s as they are called, will not be going anytime soon so it is absolutely necessary that every US citizen become educated on this possible life-... ... middle of paper ... ...ection of “Frankenfood”. Works Cited “Agricultural Biotechnology (A Lot More than Just GM Crops).” International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications, Aug. 2010. Web. “General Q&A of Genetic Engineering.” US Food and Drug Administration.
There has been much debate over whether or not genetically modified foods are good or bad for our health, the environment, and society. Ever since genetic engineering has allowed humans to modify our food, there has been a wide variety of opinions about GM foods. Genetically modified foods will always be a concern no matter what we know they do positively and negatively because you cannot please everyone. Bibliography 1. Belk.