The Danger of Genetically Modified Organisms

argumentative Essay
1114 words
1114 words

How well do we know the food we are eating? Ever wondered whether these foods are safe? In the recent years, people have become more aware of how genetically modified foods have substituted our diets with altered foods -- to which little we know about the long term effects on humans. These food being fed to us is called Genetic Modified Organism or GMOs. Just in 2012, prop 37 was proposed in California, which would have required labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food, with some exceptions. Although this prop did not pass, it did however raise the awareness. When one thinks about GMOs, it does not seem like a hot issue, but it still deserves some attention because it has to do with people’s health and people deserve to know what they are eating. Consequently, the Government should regulate GMOs by requiring labeling of such foods. Throughout history, farmers have manipulated plants and animals to obtain more desirable results. Mules, that can do more work than horses and are faster and smarter than donkeys, are a great example of how farmers have crossed a male donkey with a female horse and obtained a such offspring. The big difference with GMOs is the form the cross happens. Going back to my previous example, we have a donkey and a horse,both animals and the cross happens by natural breeding. In the other hand, as the name suggest, GMOs modify the genetic makeup of an organism many times crossing genes of animals with plants creating a variant, quite different from the original specie. This creates mutated or altered foods. In general, GMOs are when the DNA of one organism is extracted and added to another plant or organism’s DNA. This means that when GMOs occur is when an organism has had its genetic makeup manipulat... ... middle of paper ... ...:// Prop 37 GMO Edu Docs Warn 10 reasons why say no to GMOs FDA (1992). Statement of policy: Foods derived from new plant varieties. Food and Drug Administration. Fed. Reg. 57, 22984–23002. Morgellosn disease New York "Skin Disease May Be Linked to GM Food", Whitley Strieber's Unknown Country, Oct. 12, 2007. Strieber, W. (2007). Skin Disease Might be Linked to GM Food. Retrieved from

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that the government should regulate gmos by requiring labeling of such foods.
  • Explains that farmers have manipulated plants and animals to obtain more desirable results. the big difference with gmos is the form the cross happens.
  • Explains that gmos are when the dna of one organism is extracted and added to another plant or organism’s dna.
  • Explains that the biotechnology industry has done well to keep gmos unregulated by the idea that "if a new food is substantially equivalent in composition and nutritional characteristics to an existing food, it can be regarded as safe as the conventional food."
  • Describes the discovery of enormous tumors in rats fed with gm corn. ninety-four percent of them take effect on the mammary gland, which would equate to breast cancer.
  • Analyzes how the graph (y-axis being the number of tumors and x-axes the days being studied) on the left illustrates that the rats with normal diet suffered far less cancers than rats with gmo diet
  • Explains that morgellons disease is a mysterious condition that gives rise to fiber-like growths on the skin. recent research suggests that the fibers are biological with floral roots, and could be from cross contamination of dna
  • Explains that most ge crops are altered to produce their own pesticide in the form of bacillus thuringiensis (bt).
  • Quotes joe satran's article, "genetically engineered food labeling taken on by congress in right-to-know act," which is a better proposal than prop. 37 because it is more straight forward and does not allow for exceptions.
  • Concludes that gmos are not safe for consumption and should be regulated by the government by requiring products to be labeled if they are or not present.
  • States that the food and drug administration has issued a statement of policy regarding food derived from new plant varieties.
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