GM Food Foods: The Ethical Theory Of Genetically Modified Foods

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Over the past decade, there has been increasing commercial interest in growing genetically modified (GM) food crops such as corn, soy, and rice from many nations (Baram & Bourrier, 2010). Like everything has the positive and negative side of it, also there has been a lot of controversies about GM food crops. Some research studies indicate that GM food crops are beneficial to those countries that are suffering from nutrient deficiency such as vitamin deficiency (Naqvi et al., 2009). In a study conducted, they proposed that they have created South African transgenic corn plants where they increased the vitamin content to provide various vitamin to those populations subsist on a monotonous diet of cereal grains that lacks essential vitamins especially …show more content…
In one perspective of viewing GM crop food applying the ethical theory of deontology, as a New Zealander, all New Zealanders have the obligation to protect the nature which includes indigenous plants and animals as well as introduced ones and take into account the relationship Maori and their culture and traditions have with their ancestral lands, water, sites, wahi tapu, flora and fauna and other taonga (Ministry for the Environment, 2004). From this statement it can be viewed in a perspective where in order to protect the indigenous plants and animals of New Zealand, genetic modification of crop food may be required where it can be used to understand how genes work, to improve traits of plants used in agriculture (Ministry for the Environment, 2004) and some suggests that GM crops that are bred to resist the disease could be the optimal solution to seek treatments for diseases, also to reduce the dependence on chemicals to manage the disease (McComas et al., 2014). There are many studies that are carried out to support for GM crop food which can be used to reduce the failure of crop and economic costs due to crop diseases where it stated that people are supportive of GM in relation to reduction of crop disease (Gaskell et al., 2004). Especially in America there are continuous increasing …show more content…
Also transgenic biofortification is an effective way to increase the essential minerals and vitamin content in the GM crop food (Qaim & Zilberman, 2003) and in recent studies it proposed that it was successful to incorporate levels of 3 vitamins were increased specifically through simultaneous modification of 3 separate metabolic pathways (Naqvi et al., 2009). Meaning that through transgenic crop food we can consume certain amount of multi-nutrients in per serving which helps in our human well-being diet. If growing of GM crop food is successful it could open up more positivity about GM organisms and in future it can also be widely used to develop medicines and in management of these GM

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