Food: The Pros And Cons Of Genetically Modified Food

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In recent years, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have replaced our diet with genetically altered foods, which have adversely affected human health as well as local communities. Being resistant to pesticides, GMOs are created by splicing genes of different species that are combined through genetic engineering (GE), something that is impossible to do in nature (The Non-GMO Project). Consuming these genetically altered and more processed foods can lead to increased risk of diseases and even cancer (Genetically Modified Food). Most of the time we do not even realize that we are eating these harmful toxins as they are infused in our food without our knowledge (Label GMOs). The farmers that maintain the traditional farming practices and choose to grow organic produce over crops that are GE are constantly trying to …show more content…
According to Jared Diamond in his book, Collapse, he claims that “virtually all GM crop production at present is of just four crops (soybeans, corn, canola, and cotton) not eaten directly by humans but used for animal fodder, oil, or clothing” (508). Using the word directly implies that down the line we are exposed to the GMOs present in these products. For example, humans digest the animals that have been in contact with GMOs, which results in exposure. Some scientists attempt to argue that GMOs are perfectly safe for human feasting, more and more data surfaces claiming otherwise. Many GM crops “contain its own built-in pesticides when bugs take a bite of the GM plant. (Smith, “Genetically Modified Food Is Not Safe 18). With this in mind, we ingest these “safe” crops every single day despite their ability to kill other living things from the inside out. Those that argue for GMOs insisting that they are safe to eat should consider the negative effects of the food and reevaluate their position on

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