Gm Food Research Paper

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Are Genetically Modified Food Harmful to Human Health? Genetically Modified food is a technology that changes the genetic information of living organisms to make them more useful to human. This new technology was created through the combination of different genes from different living organisms. Genetically Modified food could be utilized in medicines, vaccines, foods, and other food ingredients (Genetically Modified Foods and Organisms). However, the most significant advantage of GM (Genetically Modified) food is that they contain adequate amounts of all necessary nutrients, which can prevent malnutrition. They could be modified to enhance desired traits such as pest resistance. The benefit of pest-resisting plant is one of the…show more content…
The first GM crop that reached the market was Bt cotton, with this crop; farmers can spray less pesticide and improve the health of consumers. The planting of GM cotton had been very effective to farmers, “Transgenic cotton reduced pesticide use by more than two million pounds in the United States from 1996 to 2000, and it has reduced pesticide sprayings in parts of China by more than half” (Rauch). Genetically Modified crops have been successful in the United States and China because these two countries are the major producers in the agricultural world. To further prove this point, the use of pesticide had reduced by more than 14 million pounds on 23 million acres of U.S. land; ever since the use of GMO which was proven to be statistically significant (Rauch). However the various consequences that follow the benefits of Genetically Modified foods such as the threat to human health outweigh its benefits. The negative consequences of GM food are innumerable, but one of the worst consequence is that the process of modifying food genetically can cause mutations inside the food gene. The foreign genes or the promoters that scientists insert into the food gene are gut bacteria. This means that GM food that people around the world are consuming contains genes from bacteria (Leahy). The foreign gene is believed to damage parts of the food gene which causes mutations
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