The Sociological Effects and Moral and Ethical Considerations of Genetically Modified Foods

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Genetically modified foods are an emerging technology in the biomedical field due to the result of organisms being produced from methods of genetic engineering and the technical, social, cultural, moral, and ethical issues presented by them. Problem is, nearly a billion people go hungry because they cannot grow or buy enough food. There is an estimated 2 billion people that suffer from lack of iron which causes tiredness to premature death. There are now more mouths to feed, and more challenges facing farmers. Fuel and fertilizers are becoming more costly and the changing climate is also to blame. Rising food prices cause suffering and threaten political stability. Ultimately, the world is in desperate need for better crops and yields can be boosted by improving the efficiency of photosynthesis which can be done through the technology of genetically modifying foods. However with this type of technology, it raises many concerns and issues for consumers as well as farmers around the world. (Page, 2012)
When considering the sociological effects of genetically modified foods, it is about the consumers’ right to know about what they are buying and ultimately putting into their bodies. Protestors are still demanding the labeling of all food produced using genetic engineering. “Genetically modified foods, also known as genetically engineered or genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are those that are altered at the molecular level to exhibit traits that are not naturally theirs.” (International Business, T.) The Center For Food Safety (CFS) filed a legal petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration demanded labeling for all food produced using genetic engineering on behalf of more than 350 companies, organization scientists and i...

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...ent, committees, elected officials, etc. Do not consume produce with GMOs at any local grocery, health food stores, or restaurants and cooperate with them to achieve this. Write press releases for papers, radio, and TV. Lastly, work for healthy lunches for children in schools. (SCHNUR, 2010)

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