Genetically Modified Organisms Effects

Think of the last time you purposely inflicted a bodily harm upon yourself, or a time when you put your own body at risk. Chances are you can’t think off a time when that happened, but what if that was false? Research shows that you may be harming your body by simply eating food. What are these foods you might ask? These harmful foods go by the name of Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMO’s. These relatively new organisms produced by mutating the natural genes are understudied and are in most cases unlabeled to the general public. Can we trust these GMO’s? Maybe not. Due to gene mutations, and the long term health effects, the use of GMO’s is risky and has a negative effect on the environment. As stated before, GMO’s are relatively new …show more content…
The health risks of GMO’s on the human body have been in large part understudied, and there could still be unfound health risks that come with the consumption of these organisms. As stated in “Good Reasons not to eat Genetically Modified Foods”, even if there are no immediate health consequences, long term side effects for human and animals could include allergies and altered digestion (2). The research on allergies in the human body have concluded that the cause of allergies are a normally harmless protein that enters the body, and in response to the misreading of the protein, the body stimulates an immune response, this is why GMO’s can cause allergies. Due to the foreign proteins inserted into the DNA in GMO’s, the body can react to them by producing allergens, in turn causing people to be allergic to more types of foods. Even if the effects of GMO’s don’t immediately affect the general population as of now, they may have unseeable consequences for the future …show more content…
Use of GMO’s eventually requires stronger pesticides and herbicides to be used in food production, leading to the depletion of trace minerals and the destruction of critical soil microbes crucial to human health. (“Good Reasons” 2). The proteins added in GMO’s may be affecting the micro bacteria in the soil. This in turn is disrupting the natural nitrogen cycle that keeps the soil fertile. Research shows that this may be disrupting the healthy processes in soil, which could be lowering the quality of soil and making it harder to replenish resources in

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