The Pros And Cons Of GM Foods

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2016 Today, we have more knowledge and evidence that strengthen, weaken and sometimes contrast with my decision and even other evidence. The increased strength, diversity and number of sources of information would make me reconsider many of the approaches I adopted in 2002.
With respect to effects of GMOs on human health, we now have drastically contrasting evidence. A study by the National academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine “blurred the distinction between GM food and traditional food”. It explained how “The committee carefully searched all available research studies for persuasive evidence of adverse health effects directly attributable to consumption of foods derived from GE crops but found none. Studies with animals and research
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Many Scientists around the world provide studies supporting the claim that GM Foods are perfectly safe for human consumption. At the same time, on the other end of the spectrum, many scientists discredit the validity of such studies by questioning the methods, procedures and approaches taken to obtain these results. One such study by Dona and Arvanitoyannis (2008) evaluates the limitations of procedures followed in the assessment of recombinant Growth hormone and calls for further testing. It says that "The use of recombinant GH or its expression in animals should be re-examined since it has been shown that it increases IGF-1 which may promote cancer” (Dona and Arvanitoyannis, 2008, p. 1). The article also references many studies whose results claim that GM foods may cause some common toxic effects such as hepatic, pancreatic, renal, or reproductive effects and may alter the hematological, biochemical, and immunologic parameters (Dona and Arvanitoyannis, 2002, p. 1). Back in 2002, my decision was implicitly based on …show more content…
Back then we were aware that the conflict could have been a trade war between the European Union and the United States. However beyond that, we had no information or evidence to truly understand the predicament the trade war could put us in. This issue has gradually sparked scholarly interest and today we have multifarious perspectives analysing political and economic motives behind promoting or demoting GMOs. The book “Seeds of deception” by Jeffery Smith (2004) effectively divulges elements of deceit and secrecy strewn into the motives of governments and Biotechnology companies in order to capitalize and gain political advantages in a situation deceivingly masked as a humanitarian issue. The book also provides valuable insights on biased propagation and manipulation of information. Such arguments also imply that food aid could merely be another business enterprise for the United States. This idea would have definitely deterred me from fully accepting GMOs into agriculture in 2002.
While over the last decade perspectives and ideas have developed and changed, some assumptions and decisions made then have proven to be both accurate and helpful. A major factor that made GMOs seem feasible in 2002 was the prospect of climate change negatively affecting agriculture. Even after the famine, Lesotho has been facing erratic and extreme

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