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.
Concluding from hundreds of studies done there is no substantial nutritional value benefits in organic food. Organic food truly has no benefits that back up the hype and most of the “facts” about it are just preconceived opinions and achingly biased. Because although organic food is a growing market, it is not more wholesome than non-organic food for numerous reasons being; there is no evidence of superior nutritional content, it tastes the same, and is more costly, making it not worth the extra money. Overall, buying non-organic food is seemingly the best choice due to the logical and valid evidence.
Pollan writes, “genetic engineering overthrows the old rules governing the relationship of nature and culture in plants.” He argues in his essay that the “old rules”, or natural (organic) ways of farming are no longer being valued, but rather overthrown and replaced by this new technology. We get the impression that Pollan does not trust this genetically engineered food because it is completely unnatural. There are numerous benefits to genetic cultivation as well as many farmers who agree with and practice this way of life. Biotechnology food produces its own insecticide, and its final product is better looking than that of organically grown food. Due to genetically modified food’s unique and unknown nature, however, there is potential for adverse health side effects.
Insects die when they ingest the BT corn leading to less pesticides needed and less toxicity in our environment. An unforeseen negative effect is that the insect killing gene does not discriminate and is killing off the monarch butterfly population. Environmental pressures greatly effect crop yields around the world. These can vary depending on the weather, temperatures, and soil quality of the region. Scientists have been able to modify GM foods to withstand colder temperatures by introducing fish antifreeze into seedlings so that they can survive harsh winter climates better.
While it is great to want to keep diseases out of our foods, the science of altering our food has no guarantees that it will actually protect against disease and has the potential to actually damage our bodies, environment, and economy. There are sixty-two major countries that require genetically modified foods to be labeled, unfortunately the United States is not one of them (Wohlers 73). Most of these countries have deemed that genetically modified organisms have a much higher risk than benefit, because something could so easily go wrong, such as an allergic reaction to whatever was pumped into the food. Luckily, Americans have begun to be more conscious of what they are eating and how it negatively affects their bodies and economy. Therefore, a debate has been sparked on whether genetically modified organisms should be required to be labeled as such when you purchase food.
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.
These supposedly improved, genetically modified organisms aren’t very beneficial to our bodies at all, but the FDA wouldn’t want us to notice that. GMOS include alfalfa, corn, flax, rice, sugar beets, yellow summer squash, canola, cotton, papaya, soy, zucchini and wheat. What are GMOS exactly? According to the Non-GMO Project they are, ”“genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.” (Non-Gmo) It is important to know this because they have a direct effect on the lives of every American.
T. Europe’s opinion on genetically modified foods. III. Lines-of-argument section: A. Labeling genetically engineered products is not needed. Everyday products on the market, such as corn, canola oil is labeled, but it does not state if it is genetically engineered. The reason why is because it is no different than organic.
Genetic Engineering When we envision our future, we usually imagine a future free of disease and physical sickness, but have you ever wondered how a disease-free society will be accomplished? In the twenty-first century our world will be a very different place because of genetic manipulation and engineering. There are many pros and cons to this debate, but it is undeniable that the effects from the new revelations in the field of genetics are far-reaching and deep impacting. Genetic engineering is a radical new technology, one that breaks down fundamental barriers, not only between species, but also between humans, animals, and plants. By combining the genes of dissimilar and unrelated species, permanently altering their genetic codes, novel organisms are created that will pass the genetic changes onto their offspring through heredity.
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. Due to the lack of evidence that genetically altered foods are harmful, the Food and Drug Administration considers GM foods to be “generally regarded as safe” (known as GRAS) and no special labeling is required (Falkner 103). In the U.S., genetically modified crops are monitored by t... ... middle of paper ... ...3): 2051. Academic Search Premier. Web.