Dilemmas Of Genetically Modified Organisms

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During the last decade Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) have increasingly become a topic of mixed viewpoints. Do GMOs actually help or are they harming our ecosystem? Scientists and large corporations attempt to persuade consumers to support their conflicting perspectives. Regardless of the studies, the world continues to face a high probability of food scarcity. Companies like Monsanto, lead efforts to industrialize and streamline our food source, but many argue that it is at the expense of safe, healthy food choices for consumers. Additionally, many argue that Monsanto controls almost all seed patents and are pushing small farmers out of business leaving few alternatives to GMO foods. Ultimately, the world continues to populate at …show more content…
He believes that each side has taken an all or nothing stance comparing “apples and oranges.” On the contrary, Joel Edwards, a writer for Natural News, disagrees and believes that studies currently provide information performed by Biotech companies and the industry itself. He doubts Biotech funded research provides reliable information and that independent studies show the conflicting argument and are studied longer than their counterparts. Johnson stresses that GMOS cannot be a monolithic entity, but rather should be evaluated on their specific purpose and use for consumers and animals. Edwards reasons that Biotech companies have enlisted big name celebrity scientists such as, Bill Nye the Science Guy and Neil deGrasse, to subdue society and promote the idea that critics cause “irrational fears” toward GMOs for consumers. Mark Lynas, an environmental activist and journalist, tries to explain that the controversy and “conspiracy theories” lead to large deaths in third world countries due to misinformation produced by anti-GMO supporters. Being an anti-GMO supporter himself in the early nineties, he has watched the US come into an age of “increasingly threatening ecological scarcity.” Lynas believes that “we cannot afford the luxury of romanticized but inefficient agricultural systems,” and would like to see conspiracy theories die and become “the …show more content…
Their recent article informs that “Monsanto is the world’s largest manufacturer of genetically engineered seed,” and that “it owns over 90% of all genetically engineered seeds.” By being in control of the majority of GMO seeds, they “essentially [and] lawfully” own and control a “majority of the food supply.” The article explains that “GMOs are banned in 27 [countries] and labeled in 61.” Carey Gilliam, report for The Huffington Post, sees the importance in GMO labeling and provide information on the recent win for labeling in Vermont. Gilliam discusses the reasons why opponents fear proper labeling. Despite Vermont senator Pat Roberts’ “long list of reason” to not label, the voters won and proving they don’t support the idea of negative effects caused by labeling. GMO supporters believe that labeling will cause shifts in consumer spending and require farmers to start growing non-GMO crops solely. Gilliam proposes that there will be no negative effects caused by the proposed shift. Speaking out that, According to the food industry verification organization Non-GMO Project, as of December 31, there were 34.776 non-GMO products, up from 24.230 a year prior, and 14.785 at the end of 2013 and only 4.000 in 2011. The products include bread and baked goods, baby foods, beverages, cereals, candy and more. And the ingredients for all these foods is coming from growing numbers

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