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Name Shaun Chandler

 

Date 1/12/18

 

 

 

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Name____June
Sefchick______________________

 

Date___January 8,
2018______________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shaun Chandler

Mrs. Sefchick

Global Perspectives

January 12, 2018

To what extent are GMOs good for you and the
world?

 

People wonder if GMOs are good for the human
body and economically for the world. Studies have shown that GMOs have influenced
us and negatively affected the world’s economy. What really is the big deal
about GMOs? Why did we decide to alter organisms by enlarging their size? First,
GMOs are genetically modified organism that will make anything that a farmer
produces in to a bigger and juicier form that farmers cannot produce. Scientist
had the need to use such genetics to increase our food size because our
population started to increase, and it was starting to get harder to feed
everyone. How come more and more countries are starting to ban the use of GMOs
if they help feed the people in the world? The major issues are environmental
and our health. GMOs can really mess up the soil and prevent farmers from
growing organic foods again because the GMOs that was inserted into the ground
highly affected the natural process to grow crops. From experience, I never consumed
genetically modified foods or know someone that consumed GMOs. However, I heard
they can be capricious to animals, plants, and our soil. For the plants GMOs
can increase the chances for cancer by consumption. Therefore, they also
pollute the environment because of all the chemicals that are used to grow
GMOs, not only does it pollute the environment but in fact they also deplete
the soil and the minerals that are inside of the soil. For instance, once a GMO
is planted, that area and some parts around it becomes toxic and it is very
threatening to other living organisms such as animals, humans and insects.

           

Genetically modified foods benefit farmers
because they reduce the need of pesticides and herbicides. Making the plants
able to grow without disruption or disturbance by any other organism. A UK
report states, “Crop biotechnology has reduced pesticide spraying by 503
million kg of pesticide active ingredient applied to arable crops in the EU 27
for nearly two crop years. As a result, this has decreased the environment
impact associated with herbicide and insecticide use on the area planted to
biotech crop by 18.7%.” This is a strength for farmers because they can have
more crops to produce crops for consumers and it will help small farmers that
might be struggling or in debt. Reducing pesticides and herbicides can allow
all farmers extra money in their pockets for other needs. Farmers are using
less and saving more because using genetically modified foods will reduce the
input and GMOs are insect resistance which is a huge benefit, so they will less
likely see destroyed crops and are able to give more goods to the people. It is
a major advantage, according to the source, “18 million farmers globally who
plant GMOs is the ability to successfully grow crops with fewer inputs.” GMOs
have reduced pesticide and helped increase crop yields tremendously.
This source history is updated and reliable. The source knows what they are
talking about because it suggests what the future would be like with GMOs. The
people who wrote the source have Ph. D’s and are scientist or independent
experts. This source is neutral, it goes both ways.

 

Even though GMOs reduce pesticides and
herbicides and increase crop yield, they are harmful to the environment and
GMOs can deregulate the way our bodies function. Numerous health problems
increased after GMOs were introduced. According to the Academy of Environmental
Medicine (AAEM) they urge doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients. “The
percentage of Americans with three or more chronic illnesses jumped from 7% to
13% in just 9 years, disorders such as reproductive disorders, digestive
problems.” This weakness affects the way many will think about using GMOs. GMOs
have also become long term in the human body. They can leave material behind
inside humans and can probably mess up the body function of a human. However,
it is not only humans. Studies shown that animals who have been tested have
also been negatively affected by GMOs. Some animals have organ damage, immune
disorders and other effects that corrupted their body. I also discovered that,
DNA inserted into genetically modified foods, can transfer into the DNA of
bacteria living inside us. More toxics can be insecticide produced by GM corn.
This was also found in the women and their unborn fetuses. This source was made
on August 2011. I would confirm this to be somewhat reliable. Some of the
things on this source may be false or true. I can see what position the source
is on. They believe that GMOs are bad for the world and will negatively affect
the world. This source is against confidently GMOs.

 

GMOs help the Earth in a way that humans will
not destroy it. For instance, GMOs reduce greenhouse emissions. Global warming
would less likely be an issue later. Today, scientist are trying to find
different ways to reduce greenhouse gases. This also is a strength for GMOs
because they require less plowing for the farmers and little to no need for the
use of fossil fuels. Farmers are able to use less land with GMOs than organic
crops. Another green light for GMOs is that they increase yield so it’s a win,
win. Farmers will be able to produce more with less land. Unlike organic crops,
GMOs can copy foods and provide more nutrients inside them. Why is this a
positive? Well this can increase the production rate to make more food using
less and receiving more. It will also help third world countries in the need. There
are more ways to grow crops. For example, January 1, 2001 genes from
Arabidopsis is put into tomato plants so they are able to grow in salty areas. Dr.
Lemaux states “the nutritional value of GMO foods is tested and compared
against non-GMO foods. Numerous studies have shown no nutritional differences
between commercially available GMO and non-GMO foods.” I researched that low
linoleic acid canola oil can reduce its Trans-fat content because of GMOs. This
source history is updated and reliable. This source knows what they are talking
about, they should be trusted because most of the experts have some type of
relations with biotechnology. This source is more for than against GMOs.

 

It is good that GMOs use less land to produce
the same amount of foods. Unlikely, GMOs can contaminate the soil. GMOs
pollinate seeds and it can spread to other seeds that mess up the soil. It is
nearly impossible to clean up. They pollution from GMOs will outlast the
effects of global warming and the impact will be huge, threatening the health
of future generations. Likewise, GMOs contamination can cause economic losses
for organic and other non-GMO farmers who struggle to keep their crops pure. It
sucks how technology has changed the way humans think. There used to be a lot
of slogans or sayings of “go green” now some do not hear it as often. It is
unnatural to see that humans are destroying what was created for them by using genetically
modified foods. It is harming the Earth and is life threatening. Genetic
engineering creates dangerous side effects. By mixing the genes from unrelated
species can be unpredictable for the future. Creating a GM plant can produce
new toxins and nutritional deficiencies. This weakness is probably a reason
why, so many countries banned the use of GMOs. These bad effects from a smart
idea is way to harmful for humans. GMO crops can harm birds, insects,
amphibians, ecosystems, and soil organisms. They reduce bio-diversity, pollute
water resources, and they are very unsustainable. For example, Genetic modified
crops are eliminating habitat for butterflies, whose populations are down to
about or equal to half in the US. Roundup herbicides has been shown to cause
defects in amphibians, embryonic deaths and endocrine disruption, and organ
damage in animals even at a very low dose. Genetic modified crops has been
found growing wild in North Dakota and California, it is expected to pass on
its DNA’s on to weeds. This source may be reliable or may not because it was
made in August 2011. They are against the use of GMOs.

                                                     

In conclusion, many people banal GMOs but do
they really know what it does. The way genetic modified goods are created
disrupts the DNA of a plant in unnatural ways. They remove a single gene
forcibly and insert it into another organism. Even though GMOs were tested to
be safe, I believe that the use of genetically modified crops will destroy the
nature of Earth and will eventually ruin life. It is a good idea but there are
just too many side effects that GMOs should not be allowed on farmer’s soil. It
is not just only humans GMOs affect, they also affect animals and plants. They
increase toxicity into the food supply and can be extremely dangerous to living
organisms. Pesticides and herbicides main objective is to kill unwanted plants
and insects. GMOs have a risk to increased cancer. There are also other health
issues I mentioned earlier such as autism, reproductive disorders, and
digestive problems. By using GMOs, we are putting our children and future
generations at risk. Yes, everyone’s research should be needed to explore this
issue further. Everyone’s idea will not be the same. For example, when some
people thought that the earth was in the center of the solar system, but the
sun is. It took everybody’s research to figure out that the sun is in the
center of the solar system. If we are going to continue to use GMOs, then
scientists should find ways to prevent most of these side effects. In fact,
scientist can find other ways to help make the growth of farmed goods bigger
and juicer. I think it is just better to have alternatives in case something
goes downhill. There is never an unlimited source unless it is managed
properly. For example, fresh water. There is only about less than or equal to
one percent of fresh drinking water on Earth. In Central Florida, water was
pumped down to the drain and Central Florida started to have an increase of
sink holes. In America people use too much gallons of water a day. Our natural
resources will eventually die out and there is no one else to blame but
ourselves for abusing and not managing them properly. There will be a scarce in
food on day, it just depends on how the society manages this resource. 

 

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Works
Cited

 

“10 Reasons To Eat GMOs and Feel Grateful For It.” Fitness Reloaded,
11 Mar. 2017, fitnessreloaded.com/eat-gmos/.

 

Manager, Community. “GMOs & The Environment.” Community Manager,
15 May 2017, gmoanswers.com/gmos-environment.

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