The Pros And Cons Of Genetically Modified Foods

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As the spread of commercialized genetically modified foods (GMF) products rise, the number of people exposed to genetically modified foods incline globally. The term genetically modified foods can be used interchangeably with transgenic foods, genetically engineered crops (GE) and Recombinant DNA technology and therefore defined as the enhancement of foods in which a gene of interest from one organism is extracted and inserted into the target organisms. (1) The genes of interest may be cells from bacteria, insects, animals, plants or viruses. Although the controversial idea seems fairly new genetically engineered crops were introduced as early as the 90s without the knowledge of most consumers. The United States leads as the top producer…show more content…
Body Evidence 1: In terms of its conservational effects, toxicity is a massive matter regarding GM crops. More than 80% of all genetically modified crops grown worldwide have been engineered for herbicide tolerance. As a result, the use of toxic herbicides, such as Roundup, has increased fifteenfold since GMOs were first introduced. (3) GM crops create toxins in the soil wherever they are planted. When toxic residues are released into the soil through the GM crop, toxins can prevent the growth of good bacteria that are essential for plant growth. Consequently, there are fewer soil bacteria, which are integral to the healthy soil for plants to grow without the use of chemical fertilizers. Nutrients are not returned to the soil, thus leaving the soil dry and void of all vital nutrients for growth. When GM crops are planted, generally in a monocrop fashion, traditional seeds are no longer used. Framers then become accustomed to the GMO seeds creating a cycle of dependence on GMO seeds and chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides to grow a single crop. In addition to soil issues, the irrigation used to grow GM foods naturally carries all of these problems into water sources and into the air. (3) This exposes different bacteria, insects, and animals to the same problems. Thus, creating pesticide resistant superbugs; the toxins originally used to
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