Genetically Modified Organisms ( Gmos )

1575 WordsNov 4, 20157 Pages
In agriculture recently, biotechnology has had an impact on crops and animals that intentionally make copies of a genes for a wanted trait in these organisms. The result is a GMO. All genetically modified foods that have been approved are considered by the government to be as safe as their traditional counterparts and are generally unregulated (FDA website). However, there are several types of potential health effects that could result from the insertion of a novel gene into an organism. Since the beginning of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in 1996, genetically altered foods have replaced normal organic diets, which have negatively affected people within communities in the United States. Production and consumption of these…show more content…
From an article out of The Ecologist, it can be seen that these numbers don 't include the number of children that have been born with birth defects associated with the chemical, glyphosate. It also says that this “chemical alone can cause infertility, stillbirths, miscarriages and cancers”. Researchers found that glyphosate “causes malformations in frog and chicken embryos that were similar to human birth defects found in GM soy-producing areas. In particular, the researchers found malformations of the head and cyclopia (where a single eye is present in the centre of the forehead)” (The Ecologist). This possibly predicts that babies could have this type of deformity. Because GMO’s have technically been called safe for only about fifteen years, these animal studies can show what would happen to human babies. “Lab animals tested with GM foods had stunted growth, impaired immune systems, bleeding stomachs, abnormal and potentially cancerous cell growth in the intestines, impaired blood cell development, misshapen cell structures in the liver, pancreas, and testicles, altered gene expression and cell metabolism, liver and kidney lesions, partially atrophied livers, inflamed kidneys, less developed brains and testicles, enlarged livers, pancreases, and intestines reduced digestive enzymes, higher blood sugar, inflamed lung tissue, increased death rates and
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