Ethical, Legal And Social Implications Of Genetically Modified Organisms

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Would it be great if farmers did not have to worry about harsh weather conditions and crop damage due to pesticides without risking the health and well-being of their customers? Well, Genetically Modified Organisms could help make this dream a reality. Genetically Modified Organisms are feared by many individuals who have no idea what GMOs are. It is important to note that “GMOs are plants that have been genetically altered to make them more resistant to pests, viruses, and drought, and to improve their shelf life and nutritional value” (http://www.glutenfreeliving.com/gluten-free-lifestyle/non-gmo/gmo-impact-on-diet/). Using GMOs, scientists could turn on and turn off genes that cause pest attraction. Altering the DNA of crops has been proven …show more content…
There are many ethical, legal and social concerns surrounding GMOs in the United States and worldwide. Some ethical concerns regarding GM foods are damage to the environment, triggering allergies and disease in consumers, disruption in the food web, and cross-pollination, which causes weeds to grow uncontrollably (http://www.geneticallymodifiedfoods.co.uk/ethical-concerns-gm-foods.html). Ian Murnaghan’s article states, “There are fears that if these crops do negatively impact the environment, they will spread in an out-of-control fashion and we will not be able to stop their damaging effects” (http://www.geneticallymodifiedfoods.co.uk/ethical-concerns-gm-foods.html). Even though having crops that are resistant to pesticides is extremely beneficial to human both economically and in treating the issue of world hunger; it is harmful to skylark birds. As Murnaghan states, “Skylark birds that consume the seeds from this particular weed would now be required to find a new food source, thereby endangering their existence” (http://www.geneticallymodifiedfoods.co.uk/ethical-concerns-gm-foods.html). When discussing GMOs, it is essential to look at all aspects of the environment that could be …show more content…
It has come to my attention that, “Biotechnology companies usually require that farmers sign technology agreements directing where and how the GMO seed will be planted to stop farmers from saving seed from the crop and to ensure that disputes arising under the contracts are resolved either through binding arbitration or in a court convenient to the company” (http://www.flaginc.org/publication/gmo-liability-threats-for-farmers-legal-issues-surround-the-planting-of-genetically-modified-crops/). GM foods are highly regulated and monitored by the government to assure the safety of the products and the effects it will have on the consumers. The legal issues concerning GMOs are critical in understanding the safety of GM foods.

The most important social concern is public education regarding GMO products. Many individuals are unaware of what GMO is. It is important to educate the public on the safety of GMO products. There are many votes that require the public’s opinion on GMOs; however, without a full understanding of GMO, it is improbable to reach an accurate conclusion regarding the public’s opinion. After all, how can one give their opinion about something they do not

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