Argumentative Essay: The Consumption Of Genetically Modified Food

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Despite significant misconception, farming practice has been genetically modifying plants and animals over the course of human history. This process is similar to the current genetic modification of organisms through the medium of modern science. However, despite the only difference being the efficacy of its solutions, it is generally painted as a monster and a major proponent against good health by those such as Mary Odum, author of "Arguments against GMOs." As a result of lacking public knowledge, many seek to paint GMOs in infamy due to fear and often misconstrue and deny true scientific research. This is frequently skewed in public view and opinion, as genetically modified foods are the future of agriculture. Although this is seemingly reputed by many, the related health effects, decrease in use of pesticides, and sustainability of these products are all positive measures that create the best possibility for practical future use.
Perhaps the most pertinent and concernable topic would be that of the health effects that could result from consumption of genetically modified organisms. In this respect the author cites a variety of non-scientific studies,
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Providing older, but still relevant evidence supporting greater nutritional and disease preventing value of GMOs, Battelle once again finds that “the Golden Rice Project brings vitamin-A enriched rice to market to help prevent nearly 500,000 cases of childhood blindness and 2 million deaths caused by vitamin-A deficiency.” Lastly, GMO products are, as verified by the FDA, some of the most tested and ensured products before they are allowed on the market in the United State even further proving their safety. As a result, unfounded arguments against the safety of GMOs are quickly discounted and greatly contrasted by the studies supported and reviewed with a scientific

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