The Benefits and Risks of Genetically Modified Foods Essay

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This report explains genetically modified food (GMOs) and discusses the benefits and risks associated with the consumptions of GMOs. Genetically modified foods (GMOs) are foods that have been genetically altered using engineering techniques. The most common technique used today is called recombinant DNA technology; this technology combines different molecules from different plant species to create a plant with a new set of genes, a hybrid plant. Another recombinant DNA technology being used is recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST) an artificial growth hormone; this hormone is being fed or injected into cows to improve milk production. (ThefreeDictionary)
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are a cause
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The list of benefits is very long, but the list of potential risks could prove even longer. Using technology to solve humanities challenges is innovative, exiting and quite wonderful; the ramifications of not being careful when using such a technology could lead disaster. The wide use of GMOs without knowing the long time risks could have a negative impact on all of our lives as well as the lives of all our future generations. (Whitman 2000)
Using GMOs seems to make life easier and convenient, crops and livestock could be grown and cultivated with little effort. But things that come to easily usually have negative effects. Problems that can arise from genetically modified food include: the development of harmful chemicals that can be poisonous after consumption or contact. The loss of biodiversity in both crops and animals. The development of super weeds or a super species this cause for concern because they can take over an environment. GM crops that are not affected by pest and diseases could disturb the natural ecosystem. Our genes could be affected, or mutations could occur that can lead to cancer or other incurable diseases. (Whitman 2000)
It is almost impossible to provide a complete list of all the genitally modified food available in US supermarkets. This is mainly due to the fact that there are no laws against using GMOs to produce food products in the US. Some eexperts say 60% to 70% of US

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