Is Biotechnology A Vital Issue That Impacts All Of Us?

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Biotechnology is a vital issue that impacts all of us. Development of genetically modified organisms is one of the highest achievements of this technology (Khan, et al. 2012). Due to global population growth there is a rising threat to food security. According to the United Nations Food and agriculture Organization (FAO) the widely accepted definition of "Food security" is that food is available at all times; that all persons have means of access to it; that it is nutritionally adequate in terms of quantity, quality and variety; and that it is acceptable within the given culture. Only when all these conditions are in place can a population be considered "food secure" (Mustafa et al. 1999) As described by Holst-Jenson (2001)…show more content…
Whereas the regulatory approach should be changed such that the public is involved in deciding any ethical or social questions that might surface during risk assessment of GMO 's (Meghani 2008). Deciding the values that determine the risk assessment of GMO 's shouldn 't be left to those who create and profit from the sale of it. However, in the United States the public has given the government the responsibility of regulating the food supply. This is how the FDA was created. They are responsible for providing risk assessments of the food that we consume. The FDA does not consider ethical and religious concerns only assessments on scientific factors. The public could vote or express their preference with their dollars. If everyone stopped purchasing everything except organic produce, this would eventually shut down the producers of GMO 's such as Monsanto. A person 's purchases are an expression of one 's vote and value and beliefs about genetically modified food. This would be one way that the public could express their vote or opinion but this has its downfalls. It may not be possible for an individual to cast their vote this way due to budget constraints. Therefore, making the claim that one can vote with one 's dollars usually only holds true for those who have the financial wherewithal to express their beliefs about the values that should govern risk assessment through their purchases (Meghani 2008).
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