Unknown Consequences Of Genetically Modified Foods

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Genetic engineering is one of the most useful process for producing medicine, plants and animals with faster growth rate and higher nutritional value. However, the is also one of the most controversial subjects in the world, yet most of us are eating it every day. Products such as canola oil, biscuits and chocolates, soy mile, or tofu are example of genetically modified food. Canola oil is an important product used in cooking and therefore some of us consume it daily. Some concerns around the use of genetically modified foods include, companies being able to take control of the production of certain foods and also some plants can produce unexpected traits which could affect the nutritional value of the crops or cattle in some
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Since genetic engineering involves a viral vector which carries the functional gene inside the human, the consequence is unknown. For example, if a gene which improves the growth rate of plant is transplanted to another species, it is possible that they can develop new unexpected genes. These new traits can cause the plant to maybe drop in the nutritional value for humans or to cause allergic reaction. Therefore, to prevent this from happening the government have requested that the before implementing new genes there must be a period in which the hybrid plants are tested before they are released to the …show more content…
Several bioethicists have called for a ban on species-altering technologies that would be enforced by an international tribunal. Some concerns for this the possible creation of a slave race of sub humans. In April 1998, scientists Jeremy Rifkin and Stuart Newman, drew attention to the potential creation of a human slave race, by applying for a patent for a ‘humanzee’ (part human and part chimpanzee). The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) denied the patent on the grounds that it violated the Thirteenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, which explicitly prohibits slavery.25. There are many other social issues concerning the use of genetic engineering including the possibility of a company controlling the production of certain

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