With nearly a quarter of the world living in hunger, scientists have been hard at work to develop new solutions to address the problem. One of these solutions is the creation of genetically modified foods that have the ability to grow virtually anywhere and have the added benefits of having more nutrients than organically grown crops (McHughen 22). While these genetically modified foods are aimed at addressing the food problem and have arguably been promising, concerns have also been raised with regard to the safety of such foods and whether or not these may be detrimental to the health of human beings in the long run (Smith 275).
Studies have shown that genetically modified foods may also pose health risks to human beings as there has not yet been thorough testing on the long term effects of these foods. This concern, however, should not act as a deterrent and neither should it be a reason for ceasing the development of genetically modified foods. In the thirteen (13) years that genetically modified foods have come into existence, there have been no reports of any adverse effects that it has had on human beings (Byrne 312). While there may have been the “toxic potato” scare in 1998, there are certainly more benefits to be derived from the continued development of genetically modified foods and virtually no reported side effects (Byrne 312).
The general sentiment is that genetically modified foods, although not scientifically proven to be harmful, should be properly tested and regulated for human consumption before it is released into the market. The further development and patronage of genetically modified foods may indeed solve the world hunger problem and perhaps hold the key to world peace. There is no scientific basis to show that these foods present adverse effects on human beings and there is a lot of evidence to show just how beneficial these foods may be to the world (Hileman 11). It will only be a matter of time before the rest of the world wakes up and realizes that this is indeed the boon that it has been waiting for.
Byrne, J. et. Al (2006) Let Them Eat Precaution. How Politics Is Undermining the Genetic Revolution in Agriculture. Edited by Jon Entine AEI Press (Washington) 2006
Hileman, Bette (2001). “Engineered Corn Poses Small Risk.” Chemical and Engineering News 79, no. 38 (September 17, 2001): 11.
McHughen, A. (2000) Pandora’s Picnic Basket : The Potential and Hazards of Genetically Modified Foods, Oxford University Press, 2000
Smith, Jeffry (2003) Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating, Yes! Books, 2003, ISBN 0972966587