The Great GMOs Debate

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There tend to be two main viewpoints when considering genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The two groups include the pro-camp, which fully supports GMOs, and the anti-camp, which is completely against GMOs. Between the two groups, there are major differences of opinion, scientific studies are interpreted with distinct disparities, and the proposed long-term benefits are argued intensely. Due to the varied sentiments regarding GMOs, governments and consumers have been unable to agree on laws to regulate the research or the implementation of GMOs. Acceptance of GMOs Biotechnology used in agriculture is a widely debated practice, and its uses and applications are not fully accepted throughout the globe. Countries are developing their own regulations for the production, cultivation, and importation of genetically modified (GM) crops due to the inability of all countries to agree upon and adopt international laws regarding GMOs (Martinelli, Karbarz, & Siipi, 2013). Governments are feeling the pressure to satisfy its citizens’ demands for the documentation, management, and safety of GM foods, and at the same time promote the selling and usage of authorized GM foods for economic purposes (Hellier et al., 2012). To address their need for security regarding GMOs, consumers are requesting that mandatory labeling practices be implemented. Concerns Regarding GMOs Consumer demand of labeling practices is in direct opposition to what the pro-GMO activists believe to be in the public’s best interest. Very little research has been published with regards to labeling products and how the design and wording has the potential to positively or negatively affect the consumer. GMO lobbyists are resisting the mandatory labeling practice of GMOs... ... middle of paper ... ..., & Siipi, H. (2013). Science, safety, and trust: The case of transgenic food. Croatian Medical Journal, 54(1), 91-96. doi: 10.3325/cmj.2013.54.91 Prakash, D., Verma, S., Bhatia, R., & and Tiwary, B.N. (2011). Risks and precautions of genetically modified organisms. International Scholarly Research Network, 2011, 13p. doi:10.5402/2011/369573 Pullé, A. (2012). Promoting global food democracy – GM foods, trade law, the environment & ethics. Asian Journal of WTO & International Health Law & Policy, 7(2), 285-314. Retrieved from Robbins, S.P., Coulter, M. (2014). Management (12th ed.). New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc. [VitalSource bookshelf version]. Retrieved from Slovic, P. (1987). Perception of Risk. Science, 236(4799), 280-285. doi: 10.2307/1698637

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