Benefits Of Genetically Modified Food Essay

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I write this paper from the viewpoint of Levy Patrick Mwanawasa, president of Zambia. I was elected as the third Republican president in January of 2002, right at the height of the food crisis (Ingham, 29914). As the nation’s president, it is my responsibility to make decisions that will best serve today’s population, and provocate success for the generations to come. Equally weighing both of these responsibilities led to my decision to refuse the US donations in the form of genetically modified crops. I realize the severity of the situation which plagues my people, but I cannot leave the extended welfare of my country to chance. My decision to refuse aid in the form of genetically modified food stems from the unknown health effects, probable environmental impact and possible trade disruption associated with GMOs. The fact of the matter is, we just don’t know the long-term health effects caused by consuming genetically modified organisms. GMOs were only recently invented in 1994 (James, Krattiger, 1996) and testing on their health effects began as recently as 1996 (Smith, 2015). Over the last 20, years numerous tests have been performed to investigate whether or not it is safe to eat genetically modified foods; but 20 years is simply not enough time to make any decisive conclusions about their long-term effects. Animal toxicity studies have shown that mice forced to consume GMOs suffered from abnormal mutations in their hepatic, pancreatic, renal, and reproductive

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