The Ethical Dilemma Of Gmos

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Introduction: With the introduction of urbanization and improved health care, humans are able to live longer lives and produce more children. However, a population boom does not necessarily indicate a rapid increase in food production. In fact, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization, “as a result of food deficits, nearly 1,000 million people do not get enough to eat” and within the next ten years the human population will increase by 56 million. With traditional farming methods, how can the agricultural industry expect to feed an additional 56 million with the next ten years? This issue has prompted scientists to opt for the genetic altering of organisms in order to produce better yields and overall a more heartier crop. Genetically modified plants can be altered to withstand fluctuating temperatures, contain essential vitamins and even taste like candy. While GMOs may provide the agricultural industry a solution to future famines, dependence on GMOs raises several ethical concerns. The effect of GMOs on health, the potential risk of facing unintended consequences and even the right to personal choice are all issues that challenge the developing field of…show more content…
Ultimately, centuries of genetic modification by humans should be proof enough that GMOs are not a new, foreign form of technology and therefore can be trusted. Also, the World Health Organization, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Medical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences all have concluded that there is no evidence supporting the claim that GMOs are dangerous to humans. The United States believes that enough testing has been conducted on GMOs to prove that they are
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