Poor Nutrition Is Responsible For The Deaths Of Nearly 3.1 Million Children

1919 Words Jan 26th, 2016 8 Pages
Poor nutrition is responsible for the deaths of nearly 3.1 million children annually; this is half of all deaths in children under the age of five ("Hunger Statistics"). About 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to live a healthy, active lifestyle ("Hunger Statistics"). Seventy-five percent of the world 's poorest people - 1.4 billion women, children, and men - live in rural areas and depend on agriculture and related activities for their livelihoods ("Know Your World"). Many argue that genetically modified organisms are a way to address these issues. Genetically modified organisms, also known as GMOs, can be defined as "organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally by mating and/or natural recombination" ("Frequently Asked"). Proponents of GMOs contend that GMOs have a higher crop yield, greater nutritional value, and are more resistant to disease than traditional crops. However, opponents of GMOs argue that they can lead to potential environmental damage, an increase in allergic reactions, and other unknown consequences. Governments around the world have taken varying stances on the issue of genetically modified organisms. For example, Russia has banned GMOs and restricted their import, whereas laws pertaining to GMOs in the United States are highly favorable to their production. The possible benefits, drawbacks, and the unknowns of GMOs are causing people and…
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