Are Genetically Modified Organisms Harmful?
The issue regarding Genetically Modified Organisms is a very controversial topic, because our government is telling us that GMOs are good for us. However, are they really good for us, or is the government simply telling us this, because it is cheaper and easier to grow genetically modified crops? I believe that genetically modified organisms, or foods are not good for our health, genetically modified organisms are modified to grow faster using pesticides and many other chemicals. Can something that is not natural really be safe for our health? I choose to believe that it is not.
In the book Genetically Modified Food: Trade Regulation in View of Environmental Policy Objectives by Marie Kreipe, Kreipe states, “Genetically Modified food is based on genetically modified organisms, which can be defined as organisms in which the …show more content…
Genetically modified foods have chemicals and certain pesticides that help them withstand bugs and parasites (Kreipe 4). Yet, even though they already have these chemicals some farmers still find the need to stray the crops at least 3 more times to ensure they have not been contaminated. However, could they be taking into consideration that all those chemicals they are adding is are harmful to our health. Corn in particular takes a big role in obesity, as Anthony Samsel writes in his article Obesity, Corn, and GMOs.
In the article Obesity, Corn, and GMOs studies were conducted on rats, mice, pigs and salmon to see what affect GE grains had on their health and bodies. These animals were given a special diet that consisted of GE corn and soy that contained toxic proteins of the bacteria Bacillus Thuriengensis. This bacteria is used as an insecticide to kill insect pest that can damage corn, soy, cotton, canola, and other crops (Samsel). Studies showed that rats being fed fish that consumed GE grains got bigger and fatter faster than those that were on a regular diet (Samsel). In his article Samsel states,