The Debate Of Genetically Modified Foods Essay

817 Words Oct 14th, 2016 4 Pages
The debate of genetically modified foods has existed as long as genetically modified foods have existed. Since there is allegedly no scientific evidence suggesting there may be health complications associated with eating genetically modified foods, there is ample room for controversy and doubt. As much speculation there is regarding genetically modified foods, it is important for the consumer to consider the cost, ethics, and scientific facts when deciding whether to purchase genetically modified or organic foods. Big industries and supporters thereof have time and time again defended the use of genetically modified products with the notion that there is no scientific evidence of health complications derived from consuming genetically modified foods (Jalonick, 2014, p. 2). However, this may not actually be the case. Monsanto acknowledges that there are possible side effects in cattle when they are given rBST, an artificial hormone given to increase milk production. According to Barlett and Steele, “the possible side effects of rBST for cows include lameness, disorders of the uterus, increased body temperature, digestive problems, and birthing difficulties.” (Barlett and Steele, 2013, p, 834-835). The F.D.A. has said that the quality of milk in cows treated with rBST is the same as in cows not treated with rBST, but there is a lack of long-term studies on the side effects of this milk (Barlett and Steele). Therefore, while there is no scientific evidence against drinking…

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