“Genetically modified food” is defined as that the food itself is a GMO, is a food containing GMO, or is a food produced using a GMO (Kramkowska Grzelah and Czyzewska, 2013). Terms such as biotechnology, genetic engineering, and genetic modification are all used interchangeably to refer to the production of transgenic food. Over the past couple of decades scientists have made breakthrough discoveries on the genetic level of altering foods for a variety of positive reasons. The most frequently transformed are among plan... ... middle of paper ... ... companies and official approval committees as irrelevant when concerned with the safety of genetically modified organisms. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine stated that several animal studies indicate serious adverse health risks associated with the consumption of GM food such as infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation and changes in major organs and gastrointestinal systems (Smith, 2007).
Like any contemporary moral issue, there are parts of the issue that are black and white with the rest of it being one huge gray area needing to be properly defined, and the issue of GMOs is no different. One of the facets on the gem of GMOs is the question of putting mandatory labels on genetically modified foods. Groups that are in favor of mandatory labeling such as Greenpeace International, for example, argue that consumers, regardless of awareness towards food have the right to know what is inside their food. Greenpeace International, “…emphasize[s] unknown health risks, such as allergic reactions, and environmental risks, such as pest resistance and loss of biodiversity, and denounce the absence of long-term studies investigating those risks” (Dannenberg 374). Before I go any further, I need to enlist the help of a deontologist.
Genetically modified foods helpful or harmful? Genetically Modified Organisms are one of the most controversial issues facing our world today. GMOs are foods produced from organisms that have had specific changes introduced into their DNA using the methods of genetic engineering for improvement of productivity and product quality. GMOs have raised concerns over whether or not there beneficial or harmful to our health. It is not secret that GMO foods have had a dramatic impact on the world and humans deserve to know how they are not all that they appear to be.
There are numbers of dispute between the advantages and disadvantage in the food production of using genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Genetically modified organisms are organisms whose genetic material have been altered by taking genes from one species and inserting them into another in an attempt to obtain a desired trait that the original species did not have. Many countries around the world have banned the production of GMOs in their nation. United States does not only NOT ban GMOs but manufacturers are not required to identify or label a GMOs product. The public should have the right to know what they are consuming.
Introduction This report seeks to examine the causes for resisting genetically modified (GM) food in the world. There have been resistance to genetically modified food have been going on since is commercial production began in early 1990’s (Glass-O'Shea, 2011). The European Union has been delaying decision to allow farmers to introduce GM food crops in their farms or importation of GM foods without labeling as compared to the North American counterparts. This report investigates the major causes of sustained resistance to GM food, the effects of this issue and possible recommendations to soften this position. Causes of resistance to genetically modified food There have been fears that genetically modified food could have far reaching health effects in after a prolonged time of consumption.
from http://www.csa.com/discoveryguides/gmfood/overview.php. World Health Organization (WHO) (2009). 20 Questions on genetically modified foods. http://www.who.int/foodsafety/publications/biotech/20questions/en/.
Consumers have the right to know what they are eating, especially since GMOs could have negative health effects on humans. Jeffery M. Smith, Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology and consumer activist about GM foods discusses that the Bt toxin, regularly engineered into many foods as a barrier between the environment, causes skin irritation, nausea, fever, and can lea... ... middle of paper ... ..."Why Genetically Engineered Food Should Be Labeled." San Francisco State University. N.p., 9 July 1996. Web.
Experts say, “Unless you consume only certified organic foods […] you’ve almost certainly eaten foods containing ingredients whose genes have been tweaked […].” (Anonymous, 2013, p.4). This assertion proves that people is eating food with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s), nevertheless they disown the consequences of its intake. The opinions in the scientific society are divided, however recent experiments let predict the possible effects that GM Food production and consumption generates in a global scale. Genetically Modified Foods should be banned because it generates a negative impact on humans’ health, affects the environment and harms the third world nations. Genetically modified foods affect humans’ health by weakening the immunologic system, giving rise to degenerative diseases and causing the appearance of new viruses.
A You Tube documentary piece called Hidden dangers of GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) is an Iconographic genre that touches on the controversial issues that the dangers GMO’s can have on our health and the health of animals. The other piece I used was a website called 50 harmful effects of genetically modified foods which is a Typographic genre that is more in depth to inform the readers of the harmful effects that it has on the health of living organisms, along with the impact it has on the environment. Both of these genres talk about the damaging effects GMO’s have on the human body but also that it can affect any living organism that is consuming these products. As newer technology expands it creates more risk factors that add negative impacts on the human health which makes it almost inevitable for us to avoid. In the You Tube 3 piece documentary called Hidden dangers of GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) aims its audience towards the general public.
Therefore, a debate has been sparked on whether genetically modified organisms should be required to be labeled as such when you purchase food. There are many negative consequences of allowing genetically modified organisms in our food, the most obvious ones having to deal with the harm it can cause to your body. Allowing genetically modified organisms into your food can allow for toxins to be added to your food. For example, workers in Washington sprayed to protect against gypsy moths and as a r... ... middle of paper ... ...ied Food Fight: The FDA Should Step Up To The Regulatory Plate So States Do Not Cross The Constitutional Line." Minnesota Law Review 98.1 (2013): 356-384.