The Pros And Cons Of Banning Genetically Modified Foods

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Humans have a natural tendency to prefer perfection and to judge by looks. If one tomato looks more red and round than another, that’s the one that will be selected at the supermarket. However, in this case, judging by good looks instead of quality is to the buyer’s disadvantage. Much of the food in America has been genetically modified to look and feel perfect, yet there are many risks that come along with it. While they may look pretty, genetically modified organisms carry major health risks, have harsh impact on the environment, and have significant impact in the production of corn which is one of America’s unhealthiest crops. Therefore, GMO production in the United States should be banned. Primarily, it is important to understand why and …show more content…
The gene sequence in the DNA protein of GMOs mutates. A study in France that examined “five GM varieties already commercialized found that inserts had rearranged themselves” (Smith 108). These are the crops that are out on the market for everyday peoplewhich puts them at severe risk to eat and risk their health for. More studies showed that “the sequence of inserted genes was different than what it was described by the company… this suggests that the transgenes are unstable and spontaneously rearrange… The GM portion may therefore change, with unpredictable consequences for health” (Smith 108). Consumers should be aware not only about the impact GMOs have on human health, but about the dangers that the crops themselves …show more content…
Most of corn is genetically modified, and its produced more than any other crop in the US. In fact, “1 billion metric tons of the grain produced and more than 930 million tons consumed by livestock and people.” This information, coming from Monsanto, is followed by their claim that in the past twenty-five years, “production and consumption of corn has doubled from around 475 million tons in less than 25 years. Clearly, the world needs production to keep up with consumption”. Monsanto may think that they are doing their job to keep up with the country’s insatiable need for corn in its food, however doing so has extremely negative drawbacks. It completely jostles the necessary and delicate biodiversity of the ecosystem. “Huge soy and corn crops displace a more naturally diverse farming system — one that uses fewer resources, is more sustainable in the long term and is healthier for the planet and people” (Tallmadge). Biodiversity is crucial to the environment because it ensures the success of it. A greater diversity of the crops in our environment means that food produced for human consumption does not depend on a very limited range of crops. Without biodiversity, if one of those crops failed, it would leave this country of over 300 million

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