People who support GM foods dismiss complaints that they might not be safe to eat. GM foods are likely to be more nutritious and contain smaller amounts of pesticide residues that foods raised by traditional farming methods. Food poisoning agents such as salmonella are natural and they kill thousands of people each year. Lots of plants produce powerful toxins to deter pests. With the technology of GM Crops including beans and cassava (a fruit grown in tropical countries) produce cyanide that can be removed before cooking. This is extremely useful for consumers to eat and for producers to make.
The battle over whether food with GMOs should be labeled as such or not, continuez in The Battle Over GMOs by Alessandra Potenza illustrates what a GMO is and why they need to be labeled. First of all GMO stands for genetically modified organism, meaning GMOs are organisms that have been genetically modified to include a gene from another species to produce a certain trait. The reason that some people are very upset at the whole GMO thing is because some companies that include GMOs in their products are refusing to label the fact that they use GMOs. Outrage has sparked everywhere over this and people are demanding that companies using GMOs in their products must label them. The companies on the other hand are claiming that they have a right to privacy and are claiming that the FDA, which stands for Food and Drug Administration, have approved the GMO usage in their products.. This reader believes that we the people have a right to know what is in our food and decide if we still want to consume it.
The debate over genetically modified foods continues to haunt producers and consumers alike. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are foods that have been modified through bioengineering to possess certain characteristics. These plants have been modified in the laboratory to enhance traits such as increased resistance to herbicides or increased nutritional content (Whitman, 2000). The debate continues to grow as to whether these genetically altered foodstuffs are the answer to hunger in the coming years, or whether we are simply children playing with something that we do not have the capacity to understand. One of the biggest debates in the GMO issue is whether producers need to use labeling of
that the last year have been greatly influenced by the polemics surrounding GMO labelling. My major concern is the educational component that seems to be missing from this argument. Many people do not entirely understand what GMOs are and the benefits and consequences of eating them or the processes enacted to allow for a pesticide-free version of a highly common vegetable or fruit in the public’s repertoire of groceries. In this paper, I will argue for required labelling of foods that contains either GMOs or is GMO free. Labelling means decisions, decisions mean trade-offs, but I do not want for people, in the most ideal scenario, to have to make these decisions without first being armed with the sufficient knowledge to make a decision.
Genetically Modified Organisms are organisms in which the genetic material or DNA has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally. This is done in order to get traits such as longer shelf life and pesticide resistance. They were developed because the perceived advantage is meant to translate into a product with a lower price, greater benefit, such as the durability and the nutritional value, or both. GMOs have not been proven to be safe as of yet. The long-term consequences of them on our health and environment have not been adequately investigated. There is a contentious debate today whether or not GMO labelling should be mandatory. There are arguments both for and against mandatory labelling across the world. Consumers have the right to know what is in their food. They should also be able to identify foods they wish to steer clear of. Some may also want to steer clear of GM foods for ethical or religious reasons. Consumers may be against mandatory labelling because those who wish to buy foods without GMOs already have the option to purchase them; organic of GMO-free. There is also debate stating if there were a nutritional difference or allergic characteristic in the GM foods, it would have to be labelled no matter what.
Making way down the fruit section in the grocery store, the mom picks out a box of strawberries. She thought it was just ordinary strawberries because there was nothing different about the fruit. However, what she did not know was that the strawberries contained genetically modified organisms. Also known as GMO, it is the removal of DNA from another species then artificially injected into an unrelated species: plant or animal (“GMO Education”). GMOs are also worldwide out in the market for anyone to buy. Although it may be in the open market throughout the world, not all consumers know what is inside their food. There are disputes about labeling GMOs: that it matters or that it does not matter. Scientists claim that GMOs are nontoxic, however others propose that the knowledge of risks are not explored enough to complete understand or agree that it is safe (“GMO Foods Should Be Labeled”). Either way,
Imagine knowing what is really in the food on our dinner plates every night. Probably organic, naturally grown foods, right? That might be the case in some foods, but now a days, most crops are grow genetically modified (GM). GM foods are foods that have been altered with a gene or protein from another living organism to give it a quality or characteristic that it never had before. Some examples of GM foods are apples that do not brown and potatoes that do not bruise. These are made when the organisms are genetically modified to reduce the levels of enzymes that cause browning and bruising. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are unsafe. While they can be beneficial, GMOs are unhealthy for human consumption, cause environmental impacts, and have
There is a lot of controversy has occurred with the arrival of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), especially the production, consumption, and sale. Many people are concerned, or not convinced, that the consumption of GMO foods by humans may or may not create health risks. Would you ever think of eating genetically modified food in your daily meal? If you 're like most people, you 'll be puzzled to know that most fast food places like McDonalds and Burger King, and even your local grocery market have bioengineered food which are genetically modified. While some may see GMOs as controversial, there are some advantages with having higher expected crop yields and feeding more countries with this type of food. The disadvantages have been debatable by many people on whether or not GMO foods are safe for human consumption and has been a dynamic topic for quite some time.
I hope that in this short paper you relies we need to educate people more and ease regulations on farmers. I think they should label whats in food but not ban GMOS, its a farmers choice to go with a company like Monsanto, and to buy into their
In this article, it talks about how people want the more natural way of growing crops and that’s the reason behind why people do not want GMO labeling or GM foods genetically. There are no concerns in anything of the two methods. The usefulness of this source to my research paper is that shows that the natural way of growing crops is not that different from the GMO way of growing crops. The bias for this source is against for GMO labeling. The information that will help me answer my question would be by showing that there is no actual difference between the two methods so therefore it does not hurt a person's health. The way I am going to use this source is to show how we do not need to have GMO labeling to present the idea that the natural
Television, of course, is a huge advertiser. We witness lots of food commercials that claim to have so many of these desperately needed vitamins.GM foods are what these commercials are really advertising. Consumers are bound to have a laundry list of questions two being: Do these foods really exist? Do they really help? There were foods genetically modified in Africa to contain beneficial mineral, vitamins, and proteins."The proposed altered cassava plant is an illustration. The cassava is a starchy root eaten by people in tropical Africa. Approximately 40% of the food calories in this land come from cassavas. GM cassavas boast increased minerals, vitamin A, and protein content. The nutrient dense food can help prevent childhood blindness, iron deficiency anemia, and infections due to damaged immune system"( qtd. in Goldbas, 21). This illustration answers the consumers' questions in entirety. It shows how a popular, common, native plant was genetically modified to bring about nutritional value to the people who is fond and familiar with it. This being one of the pros of GMO foods.This also proving that aconsumer's favorite fruit or vegetable, one with very few nutritional benefits, can be genetically arranged to give the consumers the vitamins and nutrients that they long for. Agricultural biotechnology can have positive effects on human health by decreasing
The Non-GMO project, one of the main proponents of labeling GMOs, feels with an obligation to inform consumers what they are putting into their bodies. As part of society, they feel they have an obligation to prevent fraud in consumers by providing them with reliable information about what are the ingredients in the food they are purchasing. They also feel obligated by creating a healthier community. This not only creates less harm but more awareness in what people are consuming to prevent illness or
“70 percent of our corn farmland and 93 percent of soy farmland are planted with crops genetically engineered to resist pests and herbicides and increase crop yields. 60% of all the processed foods in the United States are genetically modified; a shocking statistic has the concern of many Americans. However, most people are uninformed about the beneficial impact that genetically modified food has on their diet. GM is the use of molecular biology technology to modify the inherited structure of organisms. Genetically engineered crops increase nutrients, drought tolerance, provide more food for growing populations, and resists diseases and pesticides. Genetically engineered foods are crucial to the improvement of economy, agriculture, society, and health choices. The creation of GM foods was one of the most significant breakthroughs in food industry. Genetically modifying foods is a key component that is harmless for the enrichment of our foods.
Over the last fifty years, the United States has become a nation of health conscious consumers. In the nineteen-fifties and the nineteen-sixties most Americans shopped at the same markets and bought products produced by the same companies. In this environment, few consumers had the leisure of asking moral and ethical questions about the food that they ate. The counter-culture of the late sixties brought previously fringe diets such as Vegetarianism into the mainstream. In the twenty-first century many Americans choose to eat specialized diets for ethical, religious, and health based reasons. In Judaism, Kosher diets which consider pork products unclean and therefore unfit for consumption, are given specialized labeling. Following this trend certain retail chains such as Costco have labeled foods Halal, foods that are considered fit for consumption per Islamic law. In the realm of health needs, many retail chains have elected to label foods that are Gluten-free. In persons with Celiac Disease, gluten can cause permanent damage to the small intestine, which can lead to Small Bowel Cancer.
GM Crops – are you unknowingly consuming these mutated fruit and vegetables in your diet? And what affect do these mutations have on our health; do they have any effect on our health? GM crops are plants whose genetic structure has been transmogrified and improved by the act of biological genetic engineering. Genetically modifying crops involves extracting a gene from one organism and inserting it into another. The purpose of the genetic engineering is to either improve the structure of the organism or to improve their yields. GM has many advantageous effects which include: producing more pest resistant crops, increasing the production yield of the crops and many people also argue that GM crops have a superior flavour and texture than “normal” crops. Conversely there are numerous disadvantages to the use of GM crops which include: an increased risk of allergic reactions since the extracted genes may be extracted from a product which certain people are allergic to, and this may not be made clear on the packaging or the consumers may lack the appropriate knowledge. Yet another – vitally important - positive is that GM Crops have the ability to reduce the factors of starvation and increase our diets nutritional value.