Negatives Of Genetically Modified Foods

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Genetically modified food also known as “Transgenic” organisms is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. Gene transfer technology is simply a sophisticated version of a cut-and-paste operation. Once the desired gene is identified in the native organism 's genome, it can be cut out, transferred to the target plant, and pasted into its genome. Technology now allows us to transfer genes between organisms. For example, the tomato plant 's beetle resistance relies on a gene from a bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, which scientists inserted into the tomato plant 's genome. This gene, called cry1Ac, encodes a protein that is poisonous …show more content…
GM foods can cause severe internal damage. For example, it can create, unpredictable side effects, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders. GM plants are faced with genes that consist of viruses and bacteria which humans and animals consume. There are 38 countries that have now banned GMO products from their market. However there are some factors that make GMO’s beneficial to the people. GMO’s are mainly meant to preserve food and make the food last longer than it would without the chemical. Genetically Modified foods or organisms are intended to not have any harm on humans but have not yet been proven to be safe for the environment. There has been numerous debates for years about if genetically modified food is safe for consumers to consume. This paper will review what genetically modified food is, how it can be safe and dangerous, the importance of knowing what exactly is in our food, explore articles that evaluate GMO’s, examine results of those tested consuming GMO products and the after effect, and finally, clarify what should be done to create a safe, and healthy food …show more content…
Ardekani stated, two issues create conflict among the stakeholders. First, independent environmentalists and scientists contend that there is a high risk to human health and food security caused by the growth and consumption of genetically modified crops. Also, there is an “increased risk of loss of biodiversity, and a situation where new resistant super-pests and super-weeds emerge” (Maghari, B. M., & Ardekani, A. M., 2011). The second issue of conflict is that there is a group of scientists and investors in agricultural biotechnology who think that it is the best way to achieve food security, beat pests and weeds, and use scarce environmental resources. The author presents different debated viewpoints surrounding food biotechnology by assessing issues touching on the risks and benefits of crops grown through biotechnology to the ecosystem, biodiversity, and human health. “Several countries have moved to pass regulation to address some of these issues connected to the growth of genetically modified organisms through anti-biotechnology” (Maghari, B. M., & Ardekani, A. M., 2011). The author illustrates that foods are now scientifically tested using international guidelines for bio-safety testing before being released into the food

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