Genetically Modified Organisms And Its Effects On The Environment, Health, And Wellbeing Of Humans And Animals

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Genetically modified organisms are a broad group of plants, animals, and bacteria. They have been engineered for a wide variety of applications such as agricultural production to scientific research. Genetically modified organisms are a potential risk according to the type of organism being modified and the intended application. There is a potential for negative effects on the environment, health, and wellbeing of humans and animals. There are several different types of health effects such as allergens, increased toxicity, decreased nutrition, and antibiotic resistance. “All genetically modified foods that have been approved are considered by the government to be as safe as their traditional counterparts and are generally unregulated” (FDA website). The Federal government mandating genetically modified foods as well as monitoring the environment are ways to slowly rid genetically modified consumption.
The United States does not have any federal legislation that is specific to genetically modified organisms. The US approach to regulating genetically modified organisms is based on the assumption that the regulation should be focused on the nature of the products, rather than the process in which they are produced. This is a major problem that the Federal Government needs to pay attention to. In the last 60 years, mutation breeding has produced a sizeable fraction of the world’s crops. Such as wheat, vegetables, fruit, rice, herbs, and cotton have been altered or enhanced…

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