The Importance Of Genetically Modified Foods

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Genetically modified foods have been a widely debated topic as of late. Since the first genetically modified crops were approved in the United States around the same time that technology became a significant resource, individuals have been using the internet as a source of information regarding GMOs. Through his research, Rangel (2015) determined that the number of Google searches for “GMOs” has dramatically increased since late 2012. When I entered “GMOs” into the search engine, hardly any of the results were published through credible mediums. Therefore, I have concluded that numerous individuals are receiving inaccurate information regarding this topic. Throughout this paper, I will be explaining what GMOs are, their intended purpose, …show more content…
Our foods are modified for multiple reasons. The first of which is to increase their nutritional value. Powell (2015) discovered that if one’s main duty is to increase a crop’s nutritional value, then they will screen the plants that they believe would produce a nutrient of interest. Additionally, foods are genetically modified to improve upon their shelf life. After 5 years of testing, the U.S. Department of Agriculture declared that Calgene’s Flavr Savr tomato had been the first genetically modified crop approved for commercial production; this product consisted of a DNA sequence that slowed the creation of a natural tomato protein, which increased the firmness and lengthened the shelf life of these tomatoes (Rangel, 2015). Rangel (2015) explains that scientists have genetically modified crops to assist farmers in cultivating and decreasing the amount of undesired plants in their fields; they accomplish this by genetically engineering crops to produce pesticides and resist herbicides. As you can observe, there are numerous benefits to genetically modifying our foods. While you may have the misconception that genetically modified crops mostly aid farmers, this is not the case. Genetically modified foods allow you to maintain your health with their additional nutritional values and they allow you to save money and prevent wastefulness …show more content…
The Institute for Responsible Technology, a group known for its opposition to genetically modified foods, concluded that GMOs put living beings at a high risk for toxicity after rats fed a modified potato had organ failure within merely ten days of feeding (Norris, 2015). Norris (2015) debunks this claim using the research results of scientists at the National Institute of Toxicological Research in Seoul, Korea; these scientists fed rats using a strict diet containing either GMO potato or non-GMO potato before analyzing their health. Norris (2015) then adds that after the rats had eventually died, scientists examined their organs at the microscopic level; the examinations of the reproductive organs, kidneys, and spleen showed no differences between the rats that had consumed the GMO potato and the rats who had consumed the non-GMO

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