Environmental Impacts: The Impact Of Genetically Modified Foods

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The Impact of Genetically Modified Foods

Methods for food production are ever-changing as the demand for more beneficial and nutrient rich foods is increasing as a result of the rapid growth in the world’s population. One of these methods is the genetic modification of food that is being introduced to our diet, and is acutely controversial for several reasons. These aliments are created through the use of biotechnology and the modification of an organism’s genetic structure to yield particular traits or inhibit others. (3) Genetically modified (GM) foods have a socioeconomic, cultural, and global impact. However, they are received with mixed reviews by the general public, and are at the constant eye of governmental regulatory
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Three of the most prominent uses of these foods are to increment nutritional value, reduce or eliminate the use of harmful pesticides, and increase shelf life. (1)(3) Vegetables like corn and rice are at the epicenter of genetically engineered foods. (3) Through this form of biotechnology certain vitamins and minerals are enhanced or introduced to the organism to produce healthier food. Agriculture has improved dramatically, thus a greater amounts of crops are produced. Adversely, nutrient rich soil has been depleted producing crops with a significantly reduced nutritional value. Therefore, genetically modified foods can alleviate this problem by altering an organism’s genetic composition to produce desirable traits. (2) Pesticides protect crops and animals from pests, but they can be extremely harmful to humans. According to the World Health Organization, it is estimated that there are “3 million cases of pesticide poisoning each year and 220,000 deaths” around the world. Crops and other organisms can be genetically altered to eliminate the need of pesticides by creating a resistance to insects and other pests. As a result, the adverse effects of pesticide exposure would be lessened through the consumption of genetically modified aliments. (9) Many genetically engineered foods have a longer shelf life, which heightens their importance. A lengthened shelf life will allow …show more content…
These foods can impact developing nations that suffer from nutritional deficiencies, feed the growing world population, and create accessibility to food in remote locations. Developing nations often ridden with poverty and a lack of food. (1) Due to the lack of sustenance many people are malnourished, have vitamin deficiencies, and have limited access to safe food. GM foods, such as Rice or Tomatoes enriched with vitamins and antioxidants can improve the quality of nutrition. (2) The population of the world is rapidly increasing and the need for a safe and adequate food supply is increasing as well. In order to meet the needs, GM foods can play a vital role as they maximize food production and are significantly healthier. (3)(1)(4) The genetic engineering of food has allowed for food to be produced in remote locations, where crops cannot be naturally grown. This provides people who live in these conditions to be healthy and combats world hunger.

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