Benefits and concerns of GMO foods
Benefits and concerns of GMO foods
GMOs are killing off the bugs eating our food
Evidence shows that GMO Pesticides that are injected into things like corn are killing off the bad bugs, so we can have more food.
cite: Pesticides are ubiquitous. Because they are used in agriculture and food production, pesticides are present at low levels in many of our diets. Less obvious is the fact that many people use pesticides around their homes, and even on their skin (i.e. in the form of insect repellents). According to the NIH, the health effects of pesticides are still not well understood . Potential effects include cancer and damage to the nervous, endocrine, and reproductive systems. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are often engineered to be more resistant to pesticides or produce pesticides themselves. (
GMOs can probably save lives in africa
Evidence shows that millions of children die every year from vitamin A deficiencies, and with GM rice, we may be able to save millions of lives. GMO rice (called Golden Rice) has vitamin A injected to it, so we can ship it to Africa and other places where vitamin A is hard to get by, and save lives.
Cite: According to UNICEF, the estimated number of children deaths precipitated worldwide by vitamin A deficiency (VAD) every year lies at 1.15 million. Many more show VAD-related syndromes, among them loss of sight and increased susceptibility to a number of diseases. Biofortification &endash;the creation of plants that make or accumulate micronutrients&endash; has the potential to reduce these numbers significantly. The aim of biofortification is to improve the primary food source of hundreds of millions of people by increasing the nutritional quality of staple crops. (
Gmos can produce better food
Evidence shows that GMOs can produce larger, tastier, and better looking food. Because it is larger, it can feed more people, so if they keep making GMO food bigger, we may end world hunger.
Cite: "Genetically engineered salmon is currently a hot topic due to a version of GMO salmon that has been developed and is being reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approval. It remains to be seen whether GMO salmon will be sold to consumers. Some genetically modified foods that have been developed pose little to no risk to consumers. Genetically modified potatoes and tomatoes have been labeled "low-risk" by the Non GMO Project, since they are no longer produced commercially."
The GMOs can fail at things like the flavr savr tomato that had a longer shelf life, but tasted worse as time went on.
Like i said, Foods can deteriorate in flavor to increase for the shelf life. but people don't like this, they want both the "flavr" and to "savr" their food.
cite: "The FLAVR SAVR tomato was the first genetically engineered crop product to be commercialized. The research and marketing efforts that produced the FLAVR SAVR tomato resulted in scientific success, a temporary sales success, and then commercial demise. The FLAVR SAVR story reveals how difficult it can be to bring genetically engineered products to market, how objections with little or no scientific merit can influence the outcome, and how important public opinion is in determining commercial success."(
There might be bad pesticides meant only for bugs but got in us to.
Say you buy your everyday GMO corn, and when you eat it, you start getting sick. that is what could happen if we use special "GMO pesticides"
Cite: "Despite their agricultural, economic, and safety , pesticides can also have negative impacts on our health. Many conventional pesticides are synthetic materials that kill or inactivate the pest directly. These chemical pesticides include compounds such as organophosphates, carbamates, pyrethroids, and sulfonylureas. Short-term exposure to a large amount of certain pesticides can result in poisoning. Exposure to large amounts of pesticides is usually more likely for people such as farmers who may frequently touch and/or breathe in pesticides. The effects of long-term exposure to small amounts of these pesticides are unclear, but studies have linked them to a variety of chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, and neurological defects (for more detailed information, the EPA has an extensive table of health effects of different pesticides). " (
People could be allergic to a fruit injected to another fruit.
Say you are a 7 year old kid, you are allergic to apples, and love pears. One day mom buys you a pear from a market, and you bite into it unknowingly. you would get an allergic reaction from the apple injected into it.
cite: "Food allergies are tricky issues. According to Food Allergy Research and Education, "nearly any food is capable of causing an allergic reaction." Most allergens are proteins, and the organization states that ninety percent of food-allergic reactions in the United States are caused by allergens from only eight foods: peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, shellfish and fish." (
GMOs can be beneficial to the health of us because if we combine fruits and veggies together we can eat less and save food and still get all the nutrients
Evidence: Pros: More Nutritious Foods
The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations reports that some GMO foods have been engineered to be more nutritious in terms of mineral or vitamin content. Not only does this help you get the nutrients you need, it can also play a significant role in battling malnutrition in the developing world. The United Nations advises that vitamin A-enhanced rice is helping to reduce global vitamin A deficiencies.
What if someone is allergic to one of the fruits and he doesn't know it's in there.
one concern is that if someone is allergic to bananas and eats a GMO apple with banana injected in it unknowingly, he can hurt himself.
Evidence: Cons: Allergic Reactions
GMO foods can present significant allergy risks to people, according to Brown University. Genetic modification often mixes or adds proteins that weren't indigenous to the original plant or animal, causing new allergic reactions in the human body. In some cases, proteins from an organism that you're allergic to may be added to an organism that you weren't originally allergic to, prompting the same allergic reaction experienced from the first organism.