Advantages and Disadvantages of GMO Products

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For years, the topic of the advantages and the disadvantages of GMO products has been the argument between researcher and scientists. The nutrients the products provide to consumers in third world countries are undeniable but the side effects are also devastating. A lot cases with consumers getting sick after digesting products that is made from GMOs. Although GMOs have negative side effects on both human health and the environments but with their wide adaptation and increasing potentials plus a correct method of labeling they could be the key to future farming as the world population is growing and arable lands are shrinking. In 1989, a genetically engineered brand of L-tryptophan, a common dietary supplement, killed 37 Americans. More than 5000 others were permanently disabled or afflicted with a potentially fatal and painful blood disorder, eosinophilia myalgia syndrome (EMS), before the product was recalled by the FDA. The manufacture was Showa Denko, Japan’s third largest chemical company, who had for the first time used GE bacteria to produce the over-the-counter supplement. It is believed that the bacteria somehow became contaminated during the recombinant DNA process (Cummins). A potato produced in 1990s, genetically modified to enhance its nutritional value, ended up making consumers violently ill. It turns out that the genetic modifications that boost the potato’s nutrients also cause the plant to produce toxic levels of glycoalkaloids (Goldstein). A
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