Genetically Modified Organisms And Replace Conventional Food Production Techniques, And The Safety Of The Foods Produced

1361 Words Sep 27th, 2016 6 Pages
In this paper I discuss the debate over the use of genetically modified organisms to replace conventional food production techniques, and the safety of the foods produced. In 2014, the PEW Research Center conducted a survey of the general public and reported that 57% of individuals believed it unsafe to consume genetically modified foods, 25% considered it safe, and 6% either did not know or did not answer. In sharp contrast to this statistic, when asked the same question, 88% of scientists from the American Association for the Advancement of Science considered genetically modified foods to be safe. To give public opinion credit, “genetically modified organism” and “genetically engineered” are relatively new terms. Genetically engineered crops became available for farmers just 20 years ago in 1996. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the majority of these seeds were engineered with the purpose of providing farmers with a genetic solution to pest management. These new functions of plants made it much easier for farmers to do their jobs and produce much larger crop yields as plants that live longer. While the adoption of these plants revolutionized the farming industry, the public’s concern rests in the unintended consequences of these genetically modified crops. While science claims they’re safe for humans and pose no health risks, the public is not convinced.
Let’s first take a look at the main arguments of those who find GMOs to be unsafe. The main…

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