The Pros and Cons of Genetically Modifying Food Essay

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The genetic modification of food is a very controversial subject around the world founded by Monsanto, a company involved in agricultural technology, in the 1980’s (Wikipedia). Since then, many other companies have also started to modify their food to avoid using pesticides. I define genetically modified foods (or GM foods) as foods produced from organisms that have had specific changes introduced into their DNA using the methods of genetic engineering (Wikipedia). There are many different views concerning GMOs and I will explore the ideological and ethical arguments associated with this subject. I will also analyse the global and national perspectives as well as my own, investigating what factors affect the decision of nations or …show more content…
By choosing organic certified food, vegans “put their faith in those certification bodies”.
Opposing the vegans’ perspective,in the future GMOs could eventually be the only alimentary resources humankind would be able to consume. If we were to cultivate “today’s current food yield using the technology from the 1960s, mostly "organically", we would have to cultivate an additional 3 billion acres, the size of two South Americas” and in addition we would need more grass to feed animals (Calandrelli). We would be living in a ‘perfect world’, everyone eating fresh, locally grown organic food, but with the growing population we face today, this would be exorbitantly expensive. “Those over the age of 45 have already witnessed the world population double in their lifetime” (Calandrelli). The global population will continue to rise and according to the United Nations News Centre, the worldwide residents will reach 9.6 billion by 2050 ("UN Report"). The escalation in the universal populace will only result to the rapid depletion of our natural land resources. Land cannot increase any further and with the amount of infrastructure built over the last 100 years, farmland has rapidly shrunk. Genetic engineering is the only way food industries will be able to sustain our food demands with the little soil they have for cultivation.

Although ideologies play a role in individuals’ views

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