Dangers Of Genetically Modified Organisms

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Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) used towards food have been highly controversial since the practice started in the 1970’s. Since becoming officially announced in 1996, the controversy has only intensified, feeling a strong resistance from environmentalists, scientists and religious leaders. While scientists, practicing the use of modifying organism, insist the practice is safe, many feel that this is a dangerous practice leading to many health issues today. Before people judge the use of GMOs, it is important that everyone first understand exactly the details of the practice. Once people understand the use of GMOs, then there needs to be a determination if this practice is really behind the rise in common health risks. First, what …show more content…
“A GMO is a plant, microbe, or animal whose genetic material has been intentionally altered through genetic engineering.” (Shally-Jenen 2011) Basically, a living organism’s DNA is mixed in with other living organisms in a science lab and created to with stand more harsh conditions compared to that of a normal living organism. Rapid population increase, global warming and insect invasions, have caused scientists to develop these cross breeds to resist most those conditions from reducing growth. The modification of GMO foods have made them able to withstand almost every kind of harmful insect, serving as its own natural pesticide. “This can reduce the amount of pesticide chemicals used on the plants, thus potentially reducing exposure to pesticides.” (Duvauchelle 2014) Scientist stand by their GMO research and insist that for the past 29 years and not only say these foods are safe to consume but are even more nutritious. There are, of course, many people on the other side of the coin who feel that genetically modified foods are hazardous to people’s health and to the …show more content…
While testing modified food on lab rats in the early 1900’s, almost every rat refused to consume every genetically altered food offered to them. Then, when the lab rats were forced fed to eat their food, 7 out 49 rats died within the next couple of weeks. Jeffery Smith, a well-known researcher of Genetically Modified Organisms and food, stated that “the FDA did not demonstration of reasonable certainty of no harm of GMO’s.” As a matter of fact, “agency scientists warned that GM foods in general might create unpredicted allergies, toxins, antibiotic resistant diseases, and nutritional problems.” (Smith) So seeing that statement from the FDA leaves people with a question whether they are eating foods with a lot of unknown consequences of what these foods may have an their bodies. There have been scientists who have tried to speak up against the use of GMO’s within the FDA but then were soon threatened and stripped of the research responsibilities, never their findings able to be reported to the public. Why is there this secrecy surrounding genetically modified foods? What is there to hide if the FDA insists that consuming all of these foods are safe. Not all countries can agree with the United States in using this practice. “In more than 60

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