The Pros And Cons Of Genetically Modifieded Food

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Usually the FDA regulates all food but for GMOs they haven’t tested the long term safety of them. The FDA knows of “genetic instability” yet have no testing for genetically engineered food. FDA scientists have mentioned long term testing because there is no stability but it didn’t come through. There has been evidence and their own scientists have tried to convince them. The FDA physician who regulates input says, “FDA hasn’t found it necessary to conduct comprehensive scientific reviews of foods derived from bioengineered plants [but instead] expects developers to consult the agency on safety and regulatory questions.”(“Regulation of GE Food and Crops”) The process of genetically modifying an organism is the insertion of genes from a “gene …show more content…
A company from Starlink called Aventis asked to have regulation on corn used in the human food supply. This request didn’t come through and Starlink was required to become off the food market. The shocking factor in their request was right now they still have no regulation on corn in supermarkets. People have no idea if their food is possibly hazardous because their is still no “regulatory oversight.” The U.S department of Agriculture also oversees the biotech industry. There have been over 5,000 requests for a trial on genetically engineered crops.The FDA didn’t listen to their scientists but the U.S Department of Agriculture has not declined the many requests for trials on genetically engineered crops. This statement gives hope to the testing of genetically modified crops for possible side effects which could promote labelling. Although USDA has denied these requests, the USDA promotes and has collaborated with the biotech industry. (“Regulation of GE …show more content…
GMO are pest resistant but they aren’t like that naturally. They use Roundup to create pest and herbicide resistance for the GE crops. The crops are resistant so the weeds receive this resistance and use it. This created “superweeds” and farmers are trying to get rid of them by using toxic herbicides which is defeats the purpose of using less chemicals. The crops are pest resistant and herbicide resistant so they can become “superweeds”. This has caused many issues for farmers with so many acres of farmland. These weeds will never go away into the earth. Most GMO are resistant to huge amounts of herbicides so farmers are struggling. The point of being pest resistant crops was to eliminate the use of toxic chemicals on our food. The huge uses of herbicides to destroy what the resistance caused in the first place is ironic. GE crops have genes that have spread into non-GE farms that didn’t create them and can’t get rid of

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