Genetically Modified Foods Environmental Analysis

The idea of genetically modified (GM) foods is laden with misconception from the public. For over two decades, the presence and use GM foods has grown dramatically. Being under strict regulatory control from its inception, GM foods have been able to feed a greater (and growing) world population and minimize certain aspects of ecological impact of the agricultural industry. The use of genetically modified foods benefits human beings and the environment, and should continue to be utilized with its corresponding strict regulation.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines of GM foods as “foods derived from organisms whose genetic material (DNA) has been modified in a way that does not occur naturally, e.g. through the introduction of a gene from a different organism” (WHO, 2015). Organizations like WHO and numerous authors during the past 20 years have investigated and written about the benefits of GM foods for humanity, and this will be the first of three benefits discussed in the following sections. The remaining two include the benefits to the human body and to environment. With an already large world population at approximately 7.5 billion people and one that is projected to grow larger still, the concern for having enough food for everyone is palpable.
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With continued strict regulation of GM food production and monitoring, their usage unlocks the potential of feeding a growing world population quickly, safely and effectively. Their diminished need for herbicides and pesticides leads to decreased greenhouse gas emissions, and is vastly beneficial to the environment. Taking into consideration the topics discussed throughout this article, the use of genetically modified foods is beneficial and should continue to be utilized under their regulated

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