Implications Of Genetically Modified Food

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Genetically modified (GM) foods have the potential to improve human health in the developing world. The genetic modification of food is a bioethics issue, due to the concerns raised when a foods physiognomies are altered to benefit the human race. Despite this, a food’s characteristics can be GM to become a vehicle for vaccines and a higher vitamin content, slowing the spread of diseases and thus improving human health. Furthermore, plants that are GM to be pest-resistant will cause a decrease in biological magnification. Finally, plants with increased tolerance to the environment will ensure a sustainable and reliable food supply. As genetic engineering involves altering the genetic structure of a plant, it creates a controversial issue; however, …show more content…
Biological magnification is deemed harmful to the health of humans, animals and the environment. Farmers use herbicides as plant protection, as it is a toxic substance used to kill weeds and pests
Herbicides are air born and thus have the potential to move up the food chain, and work its way into the surrounding water, and eventually being consumed by other organisms such as fish, birds and humans. The less herbicides used, the more organic and natural the food is, preventing ecological damage and a decrease in allergies. Canola is GM to be tolerant towards glyphosate, which is a common ingredient used in herbicides, such as Roundup
With canola being resilient to herbicides, it causes a decrease in biological magnification, thus, less health implications for animals, humans and the environment.

Cotton is another transgenic plant that has been GM to have reduced herbicide use. Transgenic cotton can reduce the amount of soil cultivation, soil tillage and result in reduced soil erosion and healthier soils, due to the reduction in herbicides
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Thus, producing less greenhouse emissions. Agrobacterium could occur, where cancerous tumours are caused from the horizontal gene transfer within the plant This would destroy the effected crop, however; no cases have been found in GM plants.

Tomatoes have phytochemical benefits that go beyond preventing chronic diseases and basic nutrition values. The rice gene Osymb4, which is a transcription factor was added to the tomatoes’ DNA, to increase its drought tolerance
An estimated 8.67 million Ethiopians are at immediate risk of food shortages due to drought stricken land
UNICEF estimates that 1.4 million of those at risk are children under the age of five, and this is due to 80% of the crops being drought effected If drought resilient crops were released commercially, it would save millions of lives by increasing food supply and thus improving

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