Proposed Uk Food Standards Agency Essays

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"The perception that everything is totally straightforward and safe is utterly naive. I don 't think we fully understand the dimensions of what we 're getting into." This is a quote from Professor Philip James, author of the "James" report on the structure and functions of the proposed UK Food Standards Agency to oversee national food safety standards speaking on Genetically Modified Organisms. The World Health Organization defines Genetically Modified Organisms or GMO’s as organisms whose DNA has been modified in a way that does not occur naturally, through the introduction of a gene from a different organism.
GMOs are a relatively new food technology, with the first GMO product to reach grocery stores in 1994, creating many social, moral and ethical dilemmas. A large negative aspect of GMOs is the big question of how much control we should have over other organisms. With the ability to essentially play God modifying and creating new organisms, bring a tremendous amount of responsibility, with many questioning how far this will go. By altering DNA, it becomes essentially new or modified organism. This brings up another major ethical issues of how GMOs effect the natural eco system as well as human health risks. The use of herbicide resistant crops as well as Bracilus thuringiensis in farming with potential risks of super weeds. Large corporations represent themselves as humanitarians by providing GMO seeds as aid to solve nutrition problems in third world countries. This…

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