The Dangers of Genetically Modified Foods Essay

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Could it be that there are dirty little secrets lurking inside the foods you put on your table? “Do you really know what’s inside the tomato you just put on your salad? Do you care to know if that cheeseburger you just ate is not infused with liquid nitrogen?” There are no notices, no warnings and most definitely no labels. Genetically modified food (GMF, GM Crops, or Bio-Food) are the norm in America today. Some even say we are just another Human Experiment for our American Government. While others claim if it weren't for scientists and their experiments we would never have discovered genetics and DNA. Today, fresh food staples such as corn, rice, tomatoes, potatoes, squash, papaya, cantaloupe, flax, radishes, sugar beets,…show more content…
Without a doubt, the first virgin ideas were that in the minds of the farmers who began to experiment with plants in their natural components, as compared to today’s bio-manipulation strategies. Early as 1845 there was something unthinkable happening in Ireland. It was called the potato blight that decimated the Irish agriculture as it was first discovered in the fields on the Isle of Wight. Consequently, mycologist raced to see who could be the first to identify this fungus that ate away the potato leaves. A little later, back on this side of the pond, one of the first US pioneers in genetically modified foods dates back to 1941. Michael Way internationally recognized for his work on insect pest management. He joined Rothamsted Experimental Station in September 1943, where he studied DDT and other new insecticides. He made two major contributions to the world of entomology. The first contribution was a study on peach-potato aphid and the second pointed out during a debate in the 70’s on ecosystem diversity and stability, that for any pest problem, “how with the introduction of just one element of new diversity would usually be all that was needed to improve control. ( ) Consequently, in the early 1950’s the discovery of DNA
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