Benefits Of Genetically Modified Foods Essay

1103 Words Oct 29th, 2016 5 Pages
The idea of genetically modified (GM) foods is laden with misconception from the public. For over two decades, the presence and use GM foods has grown dramatically. Being under strict regulatory control from its inception, GM foods have been able to feed a greater (and growing) world population and minimize certain aspects of ecological impact of the agricultural industry. The use of genetically modified foods benefits human beings and the environment, and should continue to be utilized with its corresponding strict regulation.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines of GM foods as “foods derived from organisms whose genetic material (DNA) has been modified in a way that does not occur naturally, e.g. through the introduction of a gene from a different organism” (WHO, 2015). Organizations like WHO and numerous authors during the past 20 years have investigated and written about the benefits of GM foods for humanity, and this will be the first of three benefits discussed in the following sections. The remaining two include the benefits to the human body and to environment. With an already large world population at approximately 7.5 billion people and one that is projected to grow larger still, the concern for having enough food for everyone is palpable.
With the use of GM foods, a greater yield of food can feed more people. (Wolfenbarger & Phifer, 2000). It is a human’s innate sense of humanity that one would want someone to not go hungry. Genetically modified foods have…

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