Genetically Modified Food Pros And Cons

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Different foods take a different amount of time to grow. Some may take months, and some may take years to develop, but they all eventually produce the needed resources. When Gregor Mendel discovered genes, a world of possible uses appeared. Breeders learned that selecting certain traits from the ‘parents’ would produce a more appealing meal item. Scientists could also inject the certain genes into the subject to create the better food, whether it be plant or animal. These small changes in the genome would make plants juicier, plumper, or better tasting; meats would be more succulent and better in quality. These new and improved foods are called ‘genetically modified organisms’, or GMOs. There are a plethora of experiments that have taken …show more content…
One reason is because bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is more toxic than other pesticides and herbicides being sprayed onto plants. According to “Genetically Modified Foods Could Pose Numerous Health Risks”, mice that were fed food with Bt toxins had “damaged intestines and powerful immune responses” (“Genetically Modified Foods”). Plus, some humans that were exposed to Bt toxins had allergic reactions to it. Another way GMOs can hold health risks is the toxins found inside of the boosted foods. According to the article “Genetically Engineered Foods Are Hazardous”, GMOs have been found to have deadly and cancer-causing toxins (Cummins). The third way that GMOs can be dangerous to the consumers is the experiments done on animals. The article “Genetically Modified Foods Are Not Safe to Eat” says that studies of animals being fed enhanced foods have shown numerous side effects. These include immune system problems, infertility, insulin regulation, and slight changes in organs and the gastrointestinal system (Mercola). In the article “Genetically Modified Foods Are Safe to Eat”, there is the claim that there is no need to show that foods are genetically modified because there is no difference in safety between organic and enhanced foods (Monsanto Corporation). This is not true at all. There has been very extensive research done on rodents and other animals that prove this wrong. GMOs decrease the amount of digestive enzymes in mice drastically. When mother rats fed their babies modified soy, more than half of their babies died within three weeks. Hamsters that were also fed modified soy were either unable to have babies or a great number died when they were infants (“Genetically Modified Foods”). Genetically modified foods can hold many health risks. One reason is because bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is more toxic than other pesticides and herbicides being sprayed onto plants. According to “Genetically Modified Foods

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