Genetically Modified Organisms And Its Impact On Our World Essay
By Jacob Endemano
David Suzuki, CC, OBC PhD, LLD, and geneticist once said regarding genetically modified organisms, “Any scientist who tells you they know GMOs are safe and not to worry about it, is either ignorant of the history of science or is deliberately lying. Nobody knows what the long term effect will be.” Another similar quote by the same man goes, “Any politician or scientist who tells you these [GMO] products are safe is either very stupid or lying.” Both quotes demonstrate the distrust of GMOs from a very reliable source who is, as aforestated, a geneticist himself. I believe genetically modified foods and organisms in general create a negative impact on our world. The three reasons of foremost importance are the way they are developed, the lack of substantial testing, and finally the fact that they cause more problems than they fix.
First, the way genetically modified organisms are developed is a major problem in and of itself. Imagine this, some genetics scientist or marketer, not a nutritionist or health expert, decides that some fish has a desirable trait they want a tomato to have for example the ability to withstand extremely cold temperatures without freezing. They decide to insert the gene into this tomato, but they don’t want the entire strand of DNA they only want the portion with the desired trait so they sever it from the rest of the DNA that makes up the fish. Up to this point it doesn’t sound too bad the only possible harm done is…