Jeffery Smith's Genetically Engineered Foods May Pose National Health Risk?

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In Jeffery Smith’s “Genetically Engineered Foods May Pose National Health Risk”, he claims that genetically modified foods are causing more damage to human health than what we may see on the surface. According to Smith (2004), allergies in the UK towards soy increased by 50% ever since GM soy was introduced. He also mentions several studies conducted that show significant effects on heath such as the lab rats who were fed GM tomatoes in the early 1990’s. Smith has been involved with GM foods for years and he aims to protect people from the potential harm of GM foods. He worked with the US congress to raise awareness about the risks of GM foods. Moreover, he has written a book about GM foods which is called “Seeds of Deception”. The author …show more content…
Smith backs up his claim by stating that a lot of safety studies have been conducted to check for health risks posed by GMOs are rather dismissed when the results show significant findings. Morever, Smith states that no one monitors the health effects of GM foods and most people have little awareness over the fact that they consume GM foods almost daily. Furthermore, he argues that allergies and toxins have increased since GM foods were firstly introduced into the market. Also, he asserts that some genes are inserted into the crops that are antibiotic resistant or that created a certain protein that is not found in our bodies, thus, imposing more …show more content…
However, I disagree with his opinion because genetic engineering is part of a normal life cycle. For example, a lot of people didn 't know that insulin is genetically modified yet it is a treatment for diabetes. According to Coatney (2014) who works in the Dawe Lab and studies the genetics responsible for perennially in species closely related to corn, most anti-GMO groups don’t realize that the process of making the GM ingredients found in a cereal called cheerios is similar to that of making insulin. Why are people and groups fighting for the removal of GM foods because they are posing great health risks while ironically, most pharmaceutical drugs that save human lives are genetically modified and are not being banned? According to Shapiro (2011) who is an American biologist, an expert in bacterial genetics and a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Chicago, evolution in the 21st century have come to a fact through case studies, that genetic engineering is part of a normal life cycle for every organism where the modification of a genome is necessary to adapt to a normal life cycle. This explains why most cures for diseases such as diabetes, are made out of GMOs. Furthermore, Smith mentions that several studies were done to check for the safety of genetic engineering, and they found that some inserted genes transferred into gut bacteria. However, technology has

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