The Dangers of Genetically Modified Foods

1378 Words6 Pages
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs), organisms that have been genetically altered that cannot occur in nature, change many aspects of a standard modern diet. In the developed world, 80% of all foods consumed contain GM ingredients. Although some countries have begun to label GM foods, 135 countries are still in the dark as to whether or not what they are eating is genetically modified. GM crops can add more nutritional value to a diet, because foods can now be engineered to contain more essential vitamins and nutrients, boosting our health. Genetic engineering can increase the prevalent amounts of vitamins in foods, for a more well-rounded meal. For example, across Asia and sub-saharan Africa, vitamin A deficiencies not only cause widespread blindness, but lack of vitamin A also kills 670,000 children under age five each year. Other sources of vitamin A, such as sweet potatoes and carrots, are not grown in the areas and are much too costly to import. Now, scientists have found a way to modify rice to contain beta-carotene, the source of vitamin A, which is helping millions of these people in Africa and Asia by providing an affordable source of vitamin A that is curing their vitamin A deficiencies by including the beta-carotene in what was already their main food crop. GM foods add nutrients to our diet by incorporating necessary vitamins and minerals into foods which we already consume daily. This not only boosts health in the developed world, but also fights malnutrition, a condition that develops when the body is not consuming enough nutrients for healthy bodily functions. 870 million people suffer from malnutrition. However, increasing the number of GM foods in a standard diet can increase the amount of essential vitamins, ... ... middle of paper ... ...in the Philippines,”ISIS Press Release, June 2, 2006 Article Mae-Wan Ho and Sam Burcher, “Cows Ate GM Maize & Died,” ISIS Press Release, January 13, 2004, http://www.isis.org.uk/CAGMMAD.php Ariticle David Gillespie, . University of Utah, "PHARMING FOR FARMACEUTICALS." Last modified 2013. Accessed November 26, 2013. http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/archive/pharming/. Charles, Dan. "In A Grain Of Golden Rice, A World Of Controversy Over GMO Foods." National Public Radio - The Salt: what's on your plate, March 7, 2013. http://www.npr.org/thesalt/2013/03/07/173611461/in-a-grain-of-golden-rice-a-world-of-controversy-over-gmo-foods (accessed November 26, 2013). American Radio Works - The Global Politics of Food, "GM CROPS: THE ARGUMENTS PRO AND CON." Last modified 2013. Accessed November 26, 2013. http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/gmos_india/pro_con2.html.

More about The Dangers of Genetically Modified Foods

Open Document