“The Advantages & Disadvantages Of Genetically Modified Food: Both Sides Of The Debate” Sonal Pansel, Bright Hub, August 10, 2014

“Food is an emotional topic.

It matters a great deal to all of us. We are what we eat after all.”

In recent years, genetically modified crops has augmented causing arguments over its safety. While some people believe it will feed the world as well as promote better health and ecological welfare, others argue that it is detrimental to human health. Genetically modified organisms differs from traditional breeding in that genetic transference between unrelated species does not occur biologically in nature. The process of combining inter-species genes does not have the checks and balances that are imposed by nature in traditional breeding. As a result of this, the risk of genetic instability is present. This is the major issue in the ongoing debates on GMOs. Food is a very sensitive topic. The subject is also vital to corporations who manufacture such foods. Proponents Claim That There Are Many Advantages: 1) Crops are more productive and have a larger yield. 2) GMOs could potentially offer more nutrition and flavor (although this is debated). 3) GMOs could eliminate allergy-causing properties in some foods. 4) They provide inbuilt resistance to pests, weeds and disease. 5) They are better at thriving in regions with poor soil or adverse climates. 6) They are more environment friendly. 7) These foods are more resistant and stay ripe for longer. 8) GMOs are a solution to feeding growing world populations. Dangers of GMO Foods, according to critics: a) Not clear where in the DNA to insert these genes and they have no way of controlling gene expression. b) Their use should not be encouraged without research into the risks. c)  Not labeling them is unfair to the consumers who should have the right to know what they are eating. d) They pose a risk to food diversity as the plants are much more dominant. e) Herbicide-resistant and pesticide-resistant crops could give rise to super-weeds and super-pests that would need newer, stronger chemicals to destroy them. f)  They could create ecological problems and harming human health. g)  World hunger is not caused by a shortage of food production, but by mismanagement. h) It does not empower Third World farmers, who cannot save seeds for replanting and have to buy expensive seeds. i) They interfere with traditional agricultural methods which may be more suited to local environments.

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“The Advantages & Disadvantages Of Genetically Modified Food: Both Sides Of The Debate” Sonal Pansel, Bright Hub, August 10, 2014

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