Pro Gm Foods

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For years, parents have reprimanded their children with the witty comment “You are what you eat.”, and this phrase has been pulled into numerous lawsuits and controversial fights regarding genetically modified foods. In this day in age, how would people respond if someone told them that if they consumed too many genetically modified foods, they would become a genetically modified food? Genetically modified foods have earned themselves the abbreviation of GM foods, and were introduced into the world’s global food supply by 1990, with the Food and Drug Administration giving Pfizer Inc. the green light to put the first GM food ingredient to ever be developed on the shelves (ProQuest Staff). The nation’s overall health has been a priority throughout …show more content…
In order for this to be achieved, one needs a healthy body and mind. The state one’s body is in influences everything that is done throughout an average day, and is a priority to the majority. With a fast growing world, technology is being offered to consumers through GM foods, and is becoming “the norm in the American diet” (Gasparro). Perspectives on these foods are diverse, and some claim that they could “create future health problems in those who eat them” and are worried that they “often go to the market without testing” (Gay 51). Genetically engineered foods do, in fact, sound somewhat alien, and activists have stood up to defend the rest of the world’s population with the hopes to ban them. They are relatively new in comparison to the history of food science in the U.S.. Although many tests have been conducted concluding that these foods are safe, it has been proven that select dairies inject cows with rBGH, recombinant bovine growth hormone, which has the ability to change a cow’s physiology, and resultantly alter it’s milk. This hormone makes cows more susceptible to diseases and infections, which would affect consumers of the product (Gay 37). All around the world, the research of scientists are being taken seriously, and people are beginning to raise their voice and speak their minds. Numerous campaigns and …show more content…
People on the other side of the spectrum could suggest that genetically altered foods are the only way a sizeable population could ever be maintained on earth. With a booming growth rate, elbow room on this planet will decrease, and our world’s need for resources will shoot sky high. Tom Chivers claimed that 870 million people are already victims of malnutrition and hunger, and that number is likely to rise unless new strategies are created. By utilizing GM crops, areas with extreme climates will be suitable, and food will be capable of growing under severe and harsh conditions (Reveille). The remote villages of Africa and poverty filled streets of India could potentially have hope for a better food supply with this advancement. Although starvation is present in America, it is to less of an extent than other foreign nations, and people trying to pass laws banning GM technology may not be taking into consideration the people distant from them that are in need of it. Even if genetically changed foods are unsafe, no one can agree on whether unsafe food is better than having no food at all. It has been said to have the potential to “be the difference between survival and starvation for millions” (Chivers). In developing regions of the world, starvation became a threat, and Norman Borlaug made dwarf grains in the late 1960’s that were resistant and grew quicker, fighting starvation off

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