GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD

BY: Norma Bravo

What is the big debate over GMOs?

The articles talk about not being able to avoid Gmos because they are in most foods already. They also have pros and cons between GMOs. This article also has something that tells us what we should know titled “The right to know”. The next article talks about the benefits of GMOs. They explain how they found these “techniques” used to GM foods. This articles also explains how gmos can help our food last longer and help grow foods faster. Although, GMOs can bring diseases within our bodies and give us allergies. The author talks about not being able to avoid GMOs because they are already in most foods. They do however have pros and cons. Some of the pros include the fact that they can help with our crops and help make more food. Although the cons include the disease and allergies that GMOs can come within GMOs.

This big debate between GMOs includes the fact that people do not know whether they are good or bad based on the pros and cons. “They’re the most thoroughly tested food on the market”.(pros) “People concerned about the planet public interest groups, and religions organization hold that GMOs foods can cause allergies.”(cons) This proves that people cannot decide whether gmos are bad or good based on the pros and cons. “A proposed benefit of GM foods is that they can potentially produce higher crop…A worrisome issue in GM foods is the ability of a food to trigger allergy in humans.” These explain the pros and cons of GMOs.

Why not Label GMOs?

This article talks about whether we should label GMOs or not. There are many things that make people believe labeling GMOs will help and other reasons that make people believe that labeling GMOs will not make a difference. There are current arguments about whether mandatory labeling is required for GMOs. People have the right to know what is in their food that they are eating. There are people in the world that are either allergic or religious about their food, so they will consider labeling to help prevent what they are not supposed to eat in Genetically Modified foods. Many people believe that there are problems with labeling GMOs because labeling costs a lot and people won’t know what percent of GMOs to put on product containing GMOs. Will other places be required to label GMOs as well for example, restaurants or other food products. People do not know the answer yet in whether we should label GMOs because there can be good and bad things coming from the decision making. However, there are more reasons we should label GMOs because labeling will help people realize what is happening to our food, what is being put into our food, and what we are putting in our bodies. GMOs are already in our foods that appear in our stores, like genetically modified corn. Because some foods in our markets might already include at least one of those GM foods, how are the people supposed to know if the foods contain GMOs since they are being labeled.

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Why not Label GMOs? They help the people know what is being put into their food and body. This helps others understand what is being made in their food and put into. So why not Label GMOs? Is it because people won’t know what to do with it, will they have to label other foods that have already been GM. “Consumers have a right to know what is in their food, especially concerning ingredients for which there may be health and environmental concerns (Raab and Grobe, 2003; NRC 2010)”. This Quote shows that it is true for people to know what are gm foods because there might be environmental risks involved. “Would meat, eggs, and dairy products from animals fed GM feed crops require a label? Some labeling proposals include these products among those that would require labels. However, the biological rationale for doing so has not been demonstrated, that is, DNA or protein from inserted genes have not been found in livestock products.” This evidence shows that people are wondering if we should label GMOs if they would have to label other foods have to be labeled as well, even though they haven’t found anything yet on how to determine it.

Can GMOs stop World Hunger?

This article talks about whether GMOs can actually help world hunger. They have found this golden rice that will help with the vitamins and nutrients that we need. Although there are some consequences in the golden rice solution. Some risks can be that this golden rice needs to be grown in specific soil that isn’t located near the places where children need it most. Also the golden rice needs a lot of water for it to grow as well. Some of the people have said that the ones who do not need the Vitamin A will have trouble eating it and will need to eat a lot more to get the Nutrients they need.

GMOs can help stop world hunger, but maybe later in the future when we are sure about it. Recently studies have shown that they had a solution with a golden rice but apparently, it will take too much time to make it happen. The golden rice needs to be grown in specific areas where they won’t be label to be grown at the places we need it more. “For one thing, we’ve learned that golden rice will not grow in the kinds of soil that it must to be of value to the world’s hungry. To grow properly, it requires heavy use of fertilizers and pesticides — expensive inputs unaffordable to the very people that the variety is supposed to help. And we’ve also learned that golden rice requires large amounts of water — water that might not be available in precisely those areas where Vitamin A deficiency is a problem, and where farmers cannot afford costly irrigation projects.” This quote explains the difficulty between growing the golden rice and how much time it will take in order to make it happen. The orange rice needs to be grown and kept in a specific place and that won’t help at the places we need it most to help feed the hungry in need.

SYNTHESIS


Genetically modified foods are a major food problem that people should be made aware of because GMOs are a highly debated topic and there is a lot of confusion surrounding GMOs. GMOs are engineered foods that have been put with genes of other plants and animals. Labeling is a major issue with GMOs. Citizens need to know what foods are genetically modified. However, some GMs are already labeled, but other GMs are not labeled. The government and other researchers have been trying to figure out why we aren’t and haven’t yet labeled some GMOs and why or why not we should. In addition, GMOs are good because they help to produce more crops and grow crops faster. The problem with GMOs is that if people are allergic to a chemical used to produce GMOs, and the GM food is not labeled, people could be affected. Finally, studies have found that GMOs can be used to help fix world hunger with something called golden rice. However, there were some major complications

because a certain soil and climate is needed to grow the golden rice, but this soil and climate is not found where people are most hungry.

SOLUTIONS

  • Using GM golden rice can help fix world hunger, by using the golden rice, it will help nourish the people who are struggling to find food and stay alive and healthy.

  • GM foods can help grow our crops faster, using GM foods it help make more food and help grow our food faster so we will have enough for the large amount of people that are coming into the U.S.A

  • By labeling it can help people be more aware of what they are eating. If someone is allergic to a specific type of ingredient or food they need to make sure that they didn't put that into other foods since that is was gmos are about. Getting the ingredients of one food and putting it into another.

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