“Progress imposes not only new possibilities for the future but new restrictions” (Norbert Wiener), as society struggles to keep up with today's’ evolving world it begins to lose its sense of humanity. Earning money has become the key point of every large business in todays economy, yet they ignore the affects its products have on American health. In the United States today most processed foods contain Genetically Modified Crops, roughly ninety percent of American soy products are genetically modified with little restrictions. (Brassard,Susan) Despite the benefits genetically modified crops may give of a sustainable food source the health related effects it has on its consumers are questionable, the risks of ingesting the antibiotic resistant gene used to mutate the plants are still unknown, as well as other linked side effects such as developing allergic reactions. Genetically modified organisms are created through specific laboratory techniques of combining different plant genes to create a clone to farming efficiency.
Even if the farmers wanted to lower the prices, it does not necessarily mean that Monsanto would want to also. “That is, the potatoes I will harvest come August are mine to eat or sell, but their genes remain the intellectual property of Monsanto, protected under numerous United States patents…” (Pollan 460) The New Leafs are patented by Monsanto, giving farmers only the rights to grow one generation of these potatoes, which means that the farmers will have to constantly come back to Monsanto year after year. As the popularity of the New Leafs increase so does the earnings of Monsanto.
If the plants are resistant to herbicides and pests they could eventually be able help bugs (or pests) evolve and become able to resist against even the strongest GM plants. If this happens small farmers, who support themselves on only what they grow, could be ruined from a single infestation and nothing could save all of their hard work. Monsanto is getting bigger and is now supplying their genetically altered crops to over 70 different countries including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and China. That’s over three quarters of the world’s food dominated by one company. They can control everything from the prices, to the farmers crop itself.
In the United States, the issue of safety in such a new under-studied science. The risk to Americans also appears to be too great and as a result the use of genetically modified foods would be more beneficial and more socially acceptable. With the genetically modified crops, they have taken national and international spotlight. Crops that have been classified as genetically modified crops may be the last hope for the hungry and starving people in our third world companies as well as in our country. Based on a cross sectional exam from 1998 of crop practices, genetically modified crops have provided a variety of farms with no significant difference in returns.
Many consumers and farmers have discovered that living in an industrialized culture where the focus has become faster, bigger, and cheaper is not the best way to produce our food. Obsessed with productivity, the agriculture industry is reaping the negative consequences of creating an unsustainable environment for food production. Time and time again, the media captures stories regarding deadly bacterial contamination and dangerous pesticide contamination causing illness and death in our communities. The environment is also damaged and contaminated. This devastating trend, due to irresponsible farming practices as a result of the industrialization of the food industry, has become all too common.
All this talk about genetically modified foods and the increasing popularity of organic foods brings to the forefront an important question. How much do we know about the production of non-GMO/organic crops and can it be considered safer and more ethically sound in comparison to GMO plant production? Historical Plant Production Throughout history crop production has been an ongoing process of altering the genotype of plants to improve their yield. It has been traditional for farmers after every season to harvest seeds from the plants that appear phenotypically superior, saving them to be planted the following season. After thousands of years of doing this food crops today are a far cry from the wild lineages they were derived from (Chrispeels and Sadava pg331).
The Monopolization of Food Growing food fast and efficiently is key to keeping the world running. Food companies take many shortcuts to allow this to happen, and actively try to keep them a secret. This involves animal cruelty, corporate manipulation, lobbying, and worker mistreatment. Many people use GMOs as a scapegoat for the problems with our food, but there is little evidence to back these claims up. We face many issues in our food industry due to poor conduct by the large food corporations.
Feed grains and corn mainly occupies the top share of the subsidies, 3... ... middle of paper ... ...huge deficit. I think there is a necessary to have better control on money spending or the stop this type of funding. While many people are still suffering from the poverty line, these food polices are give more money to wealthy billionaires. In a conclusion, there are three reasons to stop subsidies for commodity crops. First, Overproduction and overuse of corn and soybean could cause healthy crisis to people.
Other plants can’t handle the harsh weather changes or the climate they are being grown in, so that’s were genetic mutation came into play. The demand to have a crop that will prosper even after being exposed to the harsh pesticides, basically giving the plant super genetics so that it can survive the season, and be more reliable in large crops. Even though genetically modified foods are easier to mass produce, the risks of genetic engineering are far greater than the benefits and many of risks are still unknown. Still companies are selling their product with genetically modified ingredient to American food suppliers as if we are their lab rats in their scientific experiment. (Charleson) The large demand for food around the world is growing, and the ways of producing the produce is becoming more and more complex as well.
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.