Genetically Modified Food Issues Essay
After reading the Fast Company article, “Against the grain,” I’ve learned that CRISPR is a gene modification tool that researchers are trying to develop. It stands for Clustered Regular interspaced short palindromic repeats, and the purpose of this technology is to develop foods, protect animals from diseases, and to make meat healthier. According to GMOS: Facts About Genetically Modified Food, “A Genetically Modified Organism is an organism that has had its DNA altered or modified in some way through genetic engineering.” For example, a GMO may be used to delete, mutate or insert genes from a pig to achieve characteristics that may be more beneficial, like making it more muscular so it could yield healthier cuts of pork. It could also be used to remove genes that contain allergens in peanuts.
Controversy of GMOs
There are several controversy topics on GMOs from allergens, antibiotic resistance, and how food is being labeled. Some people are concerned that genetically modified foods may be connected to allergies. Somethings could be taken from a gene put into another organism and then could cause the organism to make that allergen as a trait. Some people are also concerned with Antibiotic resistance genes that are used in the process of genetic modification using bacteria and viruses. There is a fear that these genes may spread into bacteria, animals or humans, emerging the spread of disease. Only a few people are aware of the GMOs being…