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.
Using more farmland and growing more crops, we will be healthy. It’s understandable why actions aren’t being taken right now, there is not enough land to farm on, but it can be solved by owning our own gardens in the back of our houses. “You’re eating genetically modified foods almost daily unless you grow all of your food or always buy organic…. About a quarter of the milk in the US comes from cows injected with a GM hormone, honey comes from bees working GM crops, and some vitamins include some GM ingredients… 60 percent or more of processed foods available in the US contain GM ingredients, because most processed foods contain corn or soy.”, says Mother Earth News article. It says in the Mother Earth News: The Threats From Genetically Modified Foods, “...eight international scientists cited study after study linking glyphosate to birth defects in birds and amphibians, cancer, endocrine disruption, damage to DNA, and reproductive and developmental damage in mammals, even at very low doses…” and it also says that it damages soil and can form a various amount of plant diseases.
Without GMOs we would all be eating haggled pieces of corn! Genetically modified food products offer a higher quality food source, a more reliable food source and have the potential of ending malnutrition and disease around the world. As we browse the supermarket today looking at quality produce, a large percentage of the produce if not all has in some way been genetically modified. In fact it has been over twenty years since the first genetically modified food entered the supermarket. In ... ... middle of paper ... ... that has the least bad and hope you are doing the right thing.
For example in the article “Genetically Modified Foods: Get the Facts” the article states “GMOs can be modified to have greater nutritional value than the organism would have naturally.” This would mean that a person would be able to eat more vitamins and minerals from GMO food then they could have by eating natural foods. GMO foods also play a big role on feeding the world this is because scientists are able to grow GMO foods faster then natural foods for example, in the article “Can GMOs Help End World Hunger?” Robbins states, “Golden rice will be a godsend for the half of humanity that depends on rice for its major staple. Merely eating this rice could prevent blindness and death.” Basically the GMO rice would help feed everyone and was given certain vitamins that natural rice dose not have naturally. Although GMO foods help people in many ways there have been other studies that eating GMO foods for years may cause some serious and permanent side effects to ones health. There have been many negative reports on how GMO ... ... middle of paper ... ...“Activits Warn on GMOs” newvision.co.ug.
The environment is changing due to the effect of human impact and the world’s population is growing at an increasingly high rate. Many people are living in poverty and not receiving the nutrients they need from food. However there could be a way to combat some of these problems by making the growth of crops more successful. Using DNA technology foods can be genetically modified (GM) so that they are better suited for the environment or contain more nutrients. But is GM Foods accepted by everyone?
The Concerns and Disadvantages of Genetically Modified Crops The debate about the safety and need for genetically modified crops and foods has raged since the mid '90s. A lot of time and money has been spent by biotechnology companies, scientists, and governments, to convince people that there is really nothing to worry about, and that this technology will provide benefits to all. But while GM crops are now being used widely by farmers in the USA, consumers in the European Union and Japan have reacted strongly against them1. Although this has slowed the rate at which GM crops and foods are being introduced, the biotech industry is continuing to promote them. For numerous generations agriculturalists have used selective breeding to improve characteristics such as size.
As it is stated above, people are exposed to plenty of GM foods in daily life. However, modern people who consume those GM crops everyday do not realize that these genetically modified foods are environmentally dangerous, are risky to human health, and cause economic concerns... ... middle of paper ... ...ose gene has manipulated surpass the original good purpose of the development. However, people aren’t aware of these dangers and drawbacks of GM foods and just consume these foods, even not knowing which food is genetically engineered. Thus, the ministry of Food and Drug safety, a government-affiliated organization which is in charge of citizen’s health in regard to foods and drugs, should conduct a systematic safety review and regulate the law about labeling the components of produces so that the consumers recognize what they are purchasing and avoid if they are concerned about the dangers of it. Also, they ought to provide public advertisements of the dangers of GMOs to make people aware of these drawbacks.
Out of 116 schools, 106 had vending machines full of junk food (Pasch). There are many ways to help eliminate some of this bad nutrition and have a healthier generation. “In 2012, the fast-food industry spent $4.6 billion to advertise mostly unhealthy products—and children and teens remained key audiences for that advertising” (“Fast Food Companies”). The producers know how to make teens want fast food, but schools and parents need to teach their children a healthier way to benefit their future. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has made a goal to “…reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015 by improving access to affordable healthy foods and increasing opportunities for physical activity in schools and communities across the nation” (“Fast Food Companies”) .
() According to recent estimates, 75% of all the processed foods contain genetically modified genes. () This sudden rise of GMOs is the result of the ever increasing demand of food with limited agricultural land. The current global population is about 7.1 billion and the UN projections show that it is expe... ... middle of paper ... ...y that genetically engineered crops and plants will be restricted in farms and there will be no opportunity for them to reproduce with the wild species, but even they believe risk is certain. Genetic Engineering is certainly a breakthrough in biotechnology with potential to stop the global food crisis and malnutrition. It has the possibility to remove the immense pressure on agriculture with more yields and less land.
By doing this the DNA structure is completely altered into something new (Rings). The American Academy of Environmental Medicine proved GMO foods have serious health effects: infertility, immune system problems, accelerated aging, disruption of insulin and cholesterol regulation, gastrointestinal problems, and organ problems (Smith, Against The Grain Nutrition). By genetically modifying food, it cuts farmers and other producers work in half. With using mutant seeds, food companies are able to produce food twice as fast and much easier. It cuts costs and requires less work.