genetically modified foods

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Several decades ago farmers used to grow their crops naturally using traditional methods until the early 1990’s when a Californian company established the first commercially genetically modified food which was a tomato. During those days it was commonly referred to as the flavrsavr and it had been genetically altered so that after it had been harvested it would last longer before it decomposed. Nowadays it is becoming common to find scientists and farmers working together in this growth industry of genetic modification. There is certainly no doubt that nearly three quarters of the Australian people are unaware that they are consuming genetically modified foods. With the increase on debates regarding whether genetically modified foods cause health risks to humans there is no doubt how controversial this issue is. First of all having researched genetically modified foods and the effects that they can have on human health I must say that it has made me realise that I am against genetically modified foods and the idea that they are artificially made rather than naturally grown using traditional methods. It is not necessary to look far beyond what I am about to say to realise just how bad genetically modified foods are. In our society today it is becoming more difficult to know what we are consuming as farmers and scientists continue to alter the way in which foods are made and grown. The main issue is that there is lack of information that clarifies the effects of genetically modified foods and as a society we are unaware of the means and methods used to produce these foods. According to Professor Bevan Mosely who states that “when we use these methods, we don’t know what part of the chromosome that the new gene is being introduced ... ... middle of paper ... ... nature by using genetic modification. According to Dr Geoffrey Clements “The genetic modification of food is intrinsically dangerous. It involves making irreversible changes in a random manner to a complex level of life about which little is known. It is inevitable that this hit and miss approach will lead to disasters. It must disrupt the natural intelligence of the plant or animal to which it is applied and lead to health damaging side effects.” If you ask me it all seems like science gone wrong and it will ruin our food supply, destroy biodiversity and unleash pandemic of antibiotic resistant infectious diseases as said by Dr Mae-Wan Ho. Life forms should not be owned by a particular person or company so remember whoever “Controls the seed controls the food supply and he who controls the food supply controls the world (Natural News).” What is your choice today?
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