Proponents preach the undeniable health and growing benefits of this new development. Critics rail against biotech companies for the ambiguous safety status and ethical grounds of altering natural plant growth. The center stage for this conflict is Europe. While generally similar to the U.S., this region of the world is much more outwardly suspicious and hostile towards crop alterations. In the U.S., GM foods have received little public opposition; this is largely due to the fact that food manufacturers are not required to label their products as containing genetically modified ingredients for fear of confusing consumers.
There is a big issue at hand that many of us are unaware of and it involves GMO’s. GMO’s are genetically modified organisms. They are basically plants that are engineered genetically, by using DNA that comes from other plants and animals, bacteria’s and also viruses. This is a cause of concern for many because GMO’s cannot happen on its own in nature; or by the traditional methods of crossbreeding. This leads to the bigger issue in relation to the health problems and environmental problems that are caused as a result of GMO’s.
Until Genetically Modified Foods are safe to consume by any organism, they should not be produced or sold to the consumer. Consumers are unaware of the food they are buying if it is labelled, and are unaware of the health risk they are putting themselves in. With all the problems around G.M Foods, they is no reason to be growing, manufacturing, or selling Genetically Modified Foods, without letting the consumer know.
Mankind doesn’t know the affects GMOs could produce by injecting a gene from another species into a crop. Why would a person risk food security opposed to eating organic foods which have been proven healthy throughout history. In despite of their dangerousness GMO’s have still been able to reach our tables. No one can guarantee how GMOs’ side effects will affect us long-term and proving their safety is almost impossible because we don’t have the technology to prove it. Supporters of genetic engineering argue that altering a crops DNA to improve the nutritional value will help people in third world countries who suffer from malnutrition.
If we cannot ban GMO foods, what should we do? We need to limit GM food. Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods is the first step. “64 countries with over 40% of the world 's countries already label genetically engineered foods, including the entire European Union and partial Asia. American citizens are fighting with GMO labeling now, because GMO companies are worry about that more people will choose the non-GMO food and they don’t want to spend one cent for every label.
Even in developing nations, GMO products adversely affect many farmers because of the way the major companies and corporations treat them. GMO technology is something that should be researched and developed, but until we know more about their real social, environmental, and economical impacts, we should by no means implement the technology in our society.
You may ask yourself what are GMOs? GMOs or genetically modified organisms are plans and animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA bacteria, virus, or other plants and animals. GMOs are in mot plants now a day’s stocked, yes that’s something many people don’t realize or are informed about. The reason I picked this issue was because I feel like people need to be informed about what’s going in there body. “Increasingly, Americans are taking matters into their own hands and choosing to opt out of the GMO experiment” (NON GMO ORJECT, 2014).
Ryan Sanchez SFSU ID: 913254373 The Food of Tomorrow Ever since genetically modified foods, or GM foods, have been introduced to the world, there has been a controversy of whether they are ethical to society. There are many different point of views on the issue of genetically modifying food throughout the world; some supporting, some against, and some unsure. Although people have all these different viewpoints about genetically modified foods, many do not truly understand what these genetically modified foods are and mean for their health, environment, and society. The original idea of genetically modified foods was to alter food through genetic engineering to create specific changes in its DNA. The reason why GM foods were created was to increase farmer’s production of crops so that they would have a larger harvest and a bigger profit.
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.
Other concerns are these commonly asked questions; “What will this do to my body?” and “Will there be any concerns in the long run?”. Many developing countries do not believe in these genetically modified foods because they often think that these crops and meats are very bad for them. Although there have been many polls to see if people want their food to be labeled a BioTech lobby has made it is impossible for it to pass. Every time there has been a poll a significant majority of the ... ... middle of paper ... ...tore was fed with feed made with GMOs. More than 60 other countries in the world have banned or restricted these products.