Genetically Modified Food

By: Javier G and Nick C

What is it?

Inserting specific genes into a plant or animal without going through selective breeding. Extremely rapid and can cross breed quicker
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Uses of GMO's

Agriculture

Increase in yields that are pest and disease resistant. Seeds began to be grown in 1996 in the US.


Medicine

Created a bacteria capable of producing human insulin. Fewer allergetic reactions and cost savings.


Bio remediation

Allow certain helpful bacteria to live in any sort of environment to allow them to survive longer.

Benefits

Lowering of food prices throughout the world


Curing Hunger around the world as well as Malnutrition


Shrinking our Environmental Footprint

Disadvantages

Chemical Contamination

The genes themselves in these biotech foods may pose a human health risk, but the chemicals the plants are treated with also have negative consequences. The food you eat may contain traces of these toxic chemicals.


Labeling Is Not Required

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not require genetically modified foods to be labeled as such. On food in the market you should see a seal stating the food is "Non-GMO Project Verified", otherwise you may be consuming genetically modified food with potential negative health consequences.


The Safety Is Uncertain

No research has been conducted on the health and safety for people who eat genetically modified foods. A study has shown that rats fed genetically modified corn had a decline in liver, kidney, heart, adrenal gland and spleen health and function.

How does it affect Organisms?

Genetically Modified foods have altered many things within our bodies. For example our metabolism, inflammation and reduced fertility have all been altered in some way. GM foods to altered metabolism, inflammation, kidney and liver malfunction, and reduced fertility.
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Economic effects

Genetically Modified Organisms are less money than organic foods forcing low profit people to buy GMOs. Money profited from GMOs have been sky rocketing over the last 10 years.

Affect on environment

Toxic solutions are sprayed on the ground and on plants. These include pesticides and herbicides. These could also kill animals such as bees who are very important in pollinating plants. Birds are also at risk when they eat the plants or the bugs that are intoxicated

Social Impact

Some countries have banned the use of Genetically modified organisms. Can be better for people in some cases. Us and Canada do not have to label GMOs while most countries do.

Effect on future

Genetically modified organisms will double from 400 billion to 800 billion in two years because of Europe and the United States's demand.
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Work Cited

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