Harmful Effects of Gmo Essay

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The Harmful Effects of GMOs

According to Philips, altering the genomes plants and animals is nothing new; specific traits have long been selected artificially in order to produce the desire result; i.e. sweet corn or hairless cats (2008). However, these variations have been limited in that only naturally occurring variations have been used (Philips, 2008). In recent years, researchers have crossed the line from the natural to the unnatural; advances in the field of genetic engineering have allowed researchers to have complete control over what genetic changes take place and what the final product will look like, taste like, feel like, etc. Philips indicates that with modern technology, “…we can incorporate new genes from one species
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Although the first GMOS were introduced to the masses on an industrial scale aimed at producing medicinal products, in recent years towards the end of the 1980s, in recent years, the use of genetic modification has revolutionized agricultural and animal husbandry practices (Premanandh, 2011). With the expanding use of genetic modifications to crops as well as the deliberate release of GM crops, much debate has arisen. On one hand, supporters of GMOs emphasize the benefits and need of GMOS indicating that GMOS fill a current gap in food production. Since the global population is expanding at incredible rates and there are not enough resources to meet food demands, supporters claim that GMOs are necessarily as they can meet growing demands and increase food production (Premanandh, 2011). In opposition to this debate, proponents stress that the risk of unforeseeable environmental and health concerns associated with GMOs is not worth “improved food taste and increased food production” (Premanandh, 2011). Tyson summarizes the debate concerning the use of GMOs stating, “Industry, government, and many academic scientists tout the benefits of genetically modified (GM) foods for agriculture, ecosystems, and human health and well-being, including feeling population bursting the

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