Essay about The Characteristics Of Human Civilization

1281 Words Jan 8th, 2016 null Page
Agriculture is the defining characteristics of human civilization. The development of agriculture, technically and technologically, has been a boon for humanity, allowing them to transition from nomadic survival to an urban existence. In the modern day, these advancements proliferate as Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). These consist of any food genetically modified to resist or tolerate pesticides, insects, or viruses, or to decrease spoilage, produce antibodies, decrease fatty acid synthesis, or increase production of certain amino acids (Segen 's Medical Dictionary). These foods have brought increased harvests in infertile land, benefiting climatically harsh countries, and have driven costs of food down, benefiting those especially in the lower class. However, as of the last twenty-five years, GMOs have come under scrutiny for a multitude of politically-motivated reasons, and have since resulted in large domestic and diplomatic rifts over the safety and sustainability of bioengineered food. Beginning on a domestic level, one of the paramount organizations for regulating food and GMOs in the United States is the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA. Judy Frankel, a writer for the Huffington Post, found that the FDA first came into the scene in 1991, when it began to receive memos regarding the risks of GMOs from some of its scientists (Frankel). The FDA’s scientists also warned that the foods needed to undergo special testing, especially toxicology tests, and their…

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