So many facts presented in the video “ Genetic Roulette “ caught my attention. The background about how GMO began was intriguing. The genetic engineering began in the 1970s to kill weeds. Simply let’s make this special corn that will be resistant to our special spray but the weeds which
The article “Not in my fridge” by Jeffery M. Smith elaborately discussed the health hazards of genetically modified (GM) products. This article has opened my eyes and revealed my ignorance of how unmindful of what I have eaten for years. I was very alarmed by many of the things I have learned in this article. After learning the side-effect of GM food, I was certainly concerned for our health. Moreover, learning that the biotech company’s strong stand in advocate of GM products as well as the United States governments and the Food and Drug administration (FDA) cover up of serious safety issues of GM highly disturbed me.
Journalist and novelist Michael Pollan writes about the trials and tribulations surrounding food in North America and raises questions regarding Western diet, which is mostly comprised of refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup and corn in general. He reiterates that chemically generated food is creating disease in North Americans; If we eliminate these factors and adopt the eating habits of less industrialized places in the world will we in our lifetime see rates of heart disease, type two diabetes and obesity decline dramatically? The western diet has evolved drastically in the last sixty years, so much so that people have become codependent on the government, dietitians and food agencies regarding their health and what to consume. The land is suffering from pesticides and singular plant farming, the alternative to this is to buy organic but at a higher price. Media has influenced the consumer to read the label and accept and trust the daily vitamin percentages on the box, as this is what is best for them. Money is the key factor in all of this and the government, scientific research and media know that, therefor the public is in for a shock when they realize that the very labels that are supposed to save them have fooled them.
After watching GMO & OMG, Fix Foods, Fed Up, and reading “ If you pitch it they’ll eat it”, I realize that I need to make changes to my eating habits and that there needs to be a humongous change in our food industry. For an example many of us don’t really pay attention to what we eat if it looks good or smells good we're going to want more. As they said in GMO & OMG “ The Supermodel Foods”. Us people we tend to buy the food that looks best to our preference and not if it’s actually good for us. In the documentary GMO & OMG by: Jeremy Seifert he argues and tries to bring to our attention that there’s Genetically Modified Organisms has been put in our food without our knowledge. But even when knowing this we still continue to buy the genetically
The novel is a non-fiction piece written by Jeffrey Smith in 2007; published by Yes! It documents on health risk associated with genetically modified food. Jeffrey Smith is a consumer activist fighting for improved health through consumption of healthy food. In his documentary, ‘Genetic Roulette', he documents the health risks of genetically modified foods. The novel explains how genetically modified foods are prepared, how genes are altered, how they affect consumers health and finally how the government has ignored the warnings of scientists. Jeffrey makes 65 claims to prove his point that genetically modified food deteriorates human and livestock health. Since the introduction of GMO into the food supply, which Jeffrey claims untested, has
Sofia Aceto Prof. Piero Composition II 29 April 2016 GMOs: Labelling to Protect the Health of Americans Approximately eighty percent of food eaten in the United States contains GMOs, but not many people know what they are actually consuming from their food sources (Prah). Genetically modified organism, also known as genetically modified organisms engineered in a lab by scientists that alter the genes of plants and animals. By fixating DNA from other organisms into America’s food sources, they create substances that are detrimental to the health of human beings. In addition to this, these genetically modified organisms are completely foreign to the plants and animals they undergo; their genes can become damaged from inserting the genes of the organisms. This unnatural process can interfere with a metabolic pathway in the plant or animal. In addition, studies have shown that on average forty-four percent of people had the “Round-up Ready” herbicide, glyphosate, which is used on genetically modified crops, found in their bodies (Stonebrook). Both, the genetically modified organisms and the chemicals used on them, cause several problems to occur in humans and other organisms which consume GMOs. These include tumors, damaged immune systems, allergies, and infertility; this is dangerous to the health of humans and to their regular body processes. Americans have the right to know what is going into their bodies and how these man-made GMOs are affecting them. By the government
While the agricultural world is working hard to make positive influences on more efficient farming, individuals have treated GMO’s as a negative alteration in their produce. Farmers and researchers in the agricultural world claim no harm can be done by them. GMO’s have not yet been proven to be harmful to humans and have, in fac,t had a positive impact on the food industry today.
We live in a Gilded age of produce. Within the past couple of years, GMOS replaced our original, natural diet with these “genetically altered” foods. GMO, or genetically modified organism, is defined as “a plant, animal, microorganism, or other organism whose genetic makeup has been modified using recombinant DNA methods (also called gene splicing), gene modification, or transgenic technology” (Non-GMO Project). What may be perceived as healthy salad at first glance, may just be a bowl of genetically modified “food”. These are underlying problems not recognized by most of the public. The use of GMOs creates endless risks and pose a threat to the environment, genetic diversity, and future.
“Genetically Modified Food: Watching What We Eat” In the essay “Genetically Modified Food: Watching What We Eat,” by Julie Cooper, she argues against the rampant use of genetically modified food (GMO) without any current form of regulation. Cooper discusses the possibility of health risks to those consuming foods with altered genes and the food’s capabilities to have far-reaching health risks. She continues with a discussion as to how and why the creation and use of the GMOs have become so unregulated. She then discusses the response, which is the public’s cry for their right to make informed choices. Other topics discusses are the political, environmental, and corporate ramifications of the rise of GMOs.
Throughout the United States of America obesity is an ongoing problem for people among different socioeconomic statuses. The government, pharmaceutical, agricultural and food production companies are the leading cause of obesity, resulting in many health issues among Americans. The government wants people to be unhealthy to increase their income from the healthcare industry and Americans are falsely educated on the topic of their health and diet.
We have some of the best schools, doctors, and technology in this day and age. With that knowledge comes, not just power, but responsibility. People, such as David Zinczenko, author of “Don’t Blame the Eater” argue that the government, not the consumers, should have more of a handle on our food choices, such as warning labels on dangerous foods, similar to those cigarette companies put out. The debate here becomes taking the easy way out versus taking responsibility. Consumers should not need to have the government holding their hand through every meal, but they should independently take the time to read nutritional facts and determine if the minute on the lips is worth the lifetime on the
Did you know that the people with the most illnesses are those who don’t have a healthy eating diet? By maintaining an unhealthy diet, more people become sick and that means medical expenses have a high rise. The government and everyone that lives in the United States are somehow affected by this issue. This issue is prevalent across the entire United States, but is mostly seen in low-income communities other than wealthy communities. If we all ate healthy, this issue wouldn’t be so much of a problem. Medical expenses would be lowered and less people would die or suffer from health illnesses since they are introducing healthy nutrients into their body. Unhealthy eating is not the only choice out there. Ever since eating habits changed over the decades, people don’t have to worry about preparing their own foods, since now most meals
Although gang violence and the possession of firearms seem more detrimental to our society, the production of our food and how it is being genetically modified effects our well-being. Individuals know the health risk of food and the modification of it; however, the issue that revolves around this situation is that, people do not want to hear about what lies beneath the surface because they do not want to give up their addiction. Power and profit are the reasons why corporations treat living-beings as objects. American medicine revolves around treating people with illnesses, not preventing illnesses. The economic development and production of modern meat are responsible for outbreaks and the contamination of our livestock’s. The consumption of animal flesh is a prime contributor to today’s epidemic of heart disease, obesity and cancer.
In the TED Talk “What’s wrong with our food system,” Birke Baehr tells his audience that “genetically engineered food…have been proven to cause cancer,” and that eating genetically engineered food causes “signs of liver and kidney toxicity” and “kidney inflammation and lesions” (Baehr). According to The American Heritage® New Dictionary
When using ethics to judge what the corporations should be doing the first lens that can be used to analyze what is good and bad is the responsibilities lens. This lens avidly believes that each person has the right to choose how best to live their own life. It also allows others to discover their duties and obligations, whereas the food corporations could benefit from analyzing part of their decisions through this lens. But, each lens has a unique perspective on situations that need a decision to be made. The other lenses like reputation will tend to sustaining good character, the results lens is for creating the greatest good, and the relationship lens which attends to the integrity of the community and the environment.