GMOs are taking over the world. One sentence which provoked horror everywhere. Many people are unfamiliar with this abbreviation, but others are leading a cold war against it. What does GMO stand for? GMO or Genetically Modified Organism is applied to any food or meat which has been genetically modified through its growth or cultivation. In other words, vast industries are merging DNA from various species in order to increase production and decrease costs. Sure, it turned out just fine for the moneymakers, however this is on the cost of ordinary people who tremble upon the fact to go in the markets and examine and study every label which enters their shopping card. Every fruit, veggie
Imagine entering your local food store and seeing that items most people eat everyday have been discontinued. Items such as coffee, apples, cucumbers and honey are no longer available to consumers. This may not be possible in our generation, but one day it could very well happen.
Veterans and Agent Orange: Health Effects of Herbicides Used in Vietnam. Washington, D.C.: National Academy, 1994.
Genetically modified food, usually short written as GM food, is food which composed by artificial modified DNA, like insert genes from another organism. GM food is not newly introduced technology, the first scientist discovered genes can be transfer between organism was in 1946, the first genetically modified products first appeared in 1983. However, debates over the topic has never stopped. Some people hold positive view towards GM food, think that it can improve our world. Nevertheless, I hold a opposite view, I think GM food is worsening our world rather than improving it. GM food has negative effects on both nature and human while producing and using.
Monsanto has been criticized for the creation of genetically modified crops or “Frankenfoods”. These crops have been modified to increase natural toxin levels and contain proteins known to cause allergic reactions and lead to health risks. Monsanto’s herbicide “roundup” has been linked to severe drops in bee and monarch butterfly populations along with the creation of herbicide resistant super weeds.
What do a tomato, soybean and a french fry have in common? They are all some of the most commonly genetically modified foods sold on the market today. By using the genetic information from one organism, and inserting or modifying it into another organism, scientists can make food crops stay fresher, grow bigger, and have the crops create their own pesticides. Nevertheless, the technology to modify genes has surpassed its practicality. Genetically modified foods need to be removed from everyday agriculture because of the threat they pose to human health, the environment, and the impact on global economy.
Genetic modification is the alteration of an organism's genes to acquire desired characteristics (Kracht para 1). Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are in over 70% of products produced in the United States, especially since most contain traces of corn, soybean, rice or canola, which are some of the popularly grown genetically modified crops. (Steinhauer and Strom para 20). Currently, companies are not required to label GMO-containing products, however, some people are pushing to make it a requirement (para 3). Products containing GMOs should not be labeled because products manufactured in the United States have been modified in one way or another, therefore, the FDA should not require GMO labeling.
Throughout this report, I will discuss the pros and cons of monoculture farming and biodiverse farming, as well as which type of agricultural approach I would choose from the perspective of a CEO of a new agribusiness corporation. I will expound on my decision based on what I have read and learned about different agricultural methods, the interconnectedness of the earth’s species, elements and values. By creating this decision, it will impact not only my own business, but also the consumers, the community, the environment surrounding my business’ operations, and persons and habitats indirectly connected to my business. Because of this decision’s extensive scope of impact, and the scale at which this decision could be detrimental or beneficial to the wellbeing of many species including my own, this decision is definitely a choice between a good and bad alternative. This is also a choice between efficiency, profitability, and environmental wellbeing, both in the short-term and long-term. This is a choice between providing consumers with pesticide-free food products versus pesticide-laden processed food products.
Ford issued Executive Order 11850, renouncing first use of herbicides in war by the United States except for control of vegetation on and around the defensive perimeters of US bases. With this order, President Ford ensured that an operation like Operation Ranch Hand could never happen again.
I am a junior at Iowa State University majoring in Agricultural Studies and a minor in Agronomy. I am a first-year member in both the farm operations club and the soil and water conservation club. I have also participated in intramurals while at Iowa State University.
The monarch butterfly, scientifically referred to as danaus plexippus, is an extremely popular insect among North America.This insect is highly popular, not because it is beneficial to human existence but because it has the most distinctive migration pattern on top of its physical attributes that catch the human eye. The monarch butterfly has been recorded to travel over 2000 miles in order to get to their summer breeding ground (Oberhauser, 2004). Despite other butterflies, the Monarch is not able to sustain during winter seasons so it migrates south toward Mexico, like a bird. The Monarch butterfly is ecologically important, for one reason being pollination control. The Monarch butterfly can be found in all parts of the United States.
Developing fetuses are hypersensitive to the dioxins. Exposure to dioxins causes miscarriages, spina bifida, and other numerous health problems with the fetal development of the brain and nervous system. Dioxin was not intentionally added to the compound. It was merely a byproduct produced during the process of manufacturing, but the chemical companies that produced the Vietnam-era herbicides say they were not fully aware of how toxic the dioxin contaminant was so they accelerated the production. Dioxin was also found in varying concentrations in all the different herbicides used, but TCDD was only found in Agent Orange. Agent Orange was a part of the Rainbow Herbicides, which included Agent Pink, Agent Green, Agent Purple, Agent White, and Agent Blue. They were all named after the bright, coloured band around their 55 gallon drums. Each had different chemical additives in varying doses. Agent Orange was the only Rainbow Herbicide that came in different types, Agent Orange I, Agent Orange II, Agent Orange III and “Super Orange.” More
Firstly, the Central Valley in California is the greatest food resource of the USA operated by Ted Sheeley. A variety of crops such as tomatoes, fruit and nuts that are produced here contribute to huge amounts of the overall production of USA. Various factors contributing to their growth are the soils, bright and sunny skies, temperatures and rains during the summers and water. What was a desert in the 1930s is now one of the largest production reserves of USA due to the water that comes from the California's Shasta Dam which is located around 400 miles to the north of this place.
Agent Orange was a highly poisonous herbicide used during the Vietnam War for defoliation of forests and crop destruction (“agent orange”). Agent Orange is one of the many Rainbow herbicides such as Agent Pink, Agent Green, Agent White, Agent Purple, and Agent Blue used during the war. These herbicides got their colorful names due to the color-coded stripes painted on the fifty-five gallon drums they were stored in (“What is Agent Orange?).
Respiratory Disorders: Another concerning symptom of presentation to or ingestion of pesticides are respiratory issue, including wheezing, endless bronchitis, asthma and agriculturist's lung. Normal presentation to pesticides expands your danger for creating respiratory issues, however can be reduced with fitting respiratory assurance and every day precaution