Myths And Facts About Transgenic And Organic Food

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Myths and facts about transgenic and organic food Nowadays, people are giving more importance to food labels than ever before. The variety of terms and definitions is overwhelming, organic, transgenic, non GMO, processed food, just to name a few. Considering all the available media information, it should not be such complicated decision. The message remains the same, organic food is good, and transgenic food is not. However, is organic food really the best option? On the other hand, is transgenic food really dangerous? What are the scientific studies supporting these facts? Organic farming is gaining popular support. This movement might be something relatively new, but the practice itself dates back to the origins of agriculture. Obviously, in the beginning all the crops were organic. Nonetheless, since the first synthetic pesticide “(Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane or DDT) was discovered in 1939 by the Swiss chemist Paul Muller” (Muir) the problem became much more complex. In the past century, thousands of new chemical fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides and fungicides have been created by humans; and from the late 90’s, genetic engineering and transgenic crops marked a new era in agricultural methods. According to the article “GMO Timeline: A History of Genetically Modified Foods” published by web site “In 1982 FDA approves the first GMO, insulin produced by genetically engineered E. coli bacteria. (And twelve years later) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves the Flavr Savr tomato for sale on grocery”, this becomes the first transgenic product available for human consumption in United States. Twenty two years later this topic is still as controversial as the first day. Currently, many organizations ... ... middle of paper ... ...he production process and the planting period are considerably long; this in turn decreases the productivity levels and increases the price of the products, often twenty percent more than conventional food. Currently, organic food is not at everybody’s reach; even in developed countries. In poor countries, it is not only a matter of choices, availability and affordability should also be considered; and most governments’ main concern is to provide enough food for the population regardless of the methods. From the perspective of someone who grew up in an underdeveloped country, I strongly believe that organic agriculture will need new development methods to help reduce the costs of the products in order to make it more affordable to consumers. As a result of this it is clear why transgenic agriculture is the most viable method to reduce malnutrition in the third world.

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