CAUSE AND EFFECT ON GM FOODS
I have selected to research and write about the potential dangers and benefits of genetically modified (GM) foods. Genetically modified foods are produced from organisms that have had specific changes introduced into their DNA using methods of genetic engineering. These techniques have allowed far greater control over food’s genetic structure than past methods like selective breeding. Genetically modified foods were introduced commercially for sale in 1994. No thorough research has been conducted on genetically modified foods to determine whether or not they are truly safe for consumption. There is no evidence that the consumption of genetically modified foods has a detrimental effect on human health. Despite the lack of proper research, genetically modified foods account for about 70% of food in U.S. supermarkets. Today, most genetic modification of foods have primarily focused on cash crops in high demand by farmers such as soybean, corn, canola, and cotton seed oil. Although it is said that food on the market derived from genetically modified crops poses no greater risk to human health than conventional food, analysts have objected to genetically modified foods for a number of reasons. These include public health issues, environmental concerns, and economic concerns. There also has been a huge jump in childhood food allergies in the U.S. since 1996. The introduction of genetically modified foods into our diet was done quietly and they are linked to the increase of food allergies in humans. Despite the controversies surrounding genetically modified foods, there is a possibility of great benefits to using them. With the right research and the use of safety guidelines, GM foods could help make life easier for farmers, and potentially eradicate world hunger.
With an ever increasing global population, massive third world hunger, and with an estimation that a child dies every two seconds worldwide from starvation; this does not even take into account the number of people who are mal and undernourished. For these reasons, there is great promise in the use of this technology to benefit not only the farmers, but also societies worldwide. The positive effects of these benefits could increase yield of food on the planet, help farmers deliver more food to the community using less land and pesticides, and help feed struggling third-world countries. In conclusion, GM foods are a hot topic around the world and their complete safety is yet to be proven although no hard evidence has proven them toxic. The consumer ultimately deserves the right to know what they are consuming and if GM crops are going to continue to be used, they should be researched thoroughly to ensure public safety. Once properly researched and deemed completely safe, then will the benefits truly start to take noticeable effect.