Huba 1 Pesticides are commonly used in the farming industry to kill pests. Yet, what many do not know is that pesticides are made of toxic chemicals that can cause many health problems. With this in mind, one may wonder what can we do as a nation to feed ourselves without the use of toxic chemicals and pesticides? There are many natural alternatives to pesticides, that work just as well, if not better. The three main ways to feed a nation without chemically causing health problems are by growing plants organically, promoting stores to sell local food from farmers, and banning GMOs.
Plants and animals that have been genetically modified can become more resistant to the unexpected problems of disease. The beneficiaries have also been the agrochemical industry (pesticides, including insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and nematicides), large petrochemical companies (BASF, Dow Chemical, and ExxonMobil), manufacturers of agricultural machinery, dam builders, and large landowners. As stated by PG Economics, “The insect resistant (IR) technology used in cotton and corn has consistently delivered yield gains from reduced pest damage.” Pest control is very important to GMO farming and benefits the value of the crops. For others, the idea of GMO farming is a bad one because it leads to reduced genetic diversity, increased vulnerability to pests, soil erosion, water shortages, reduced soil fertility, micronutrient deficiencies, soil contamination, reduced availability of nutritious food crops for the local population, the displacement of vast numbers of small farmers from their land, rural impoverishment, and increased tensions and conflicts.
Multinational corporations like Monsanto claim that GM crops require fewer applications of herbicide compared to non-GM crops, which reduces the harm to the environment. However, in South America the standard before adoption of GM crops was agricultural traditions that often times did not include any chemicals intensive means to treat weeds. This means that even though GM crops might take less herbicide compared to typical standards in North America, GM crops are ultimately causing more herbicide to be used in South America. There is also a concern that “as chemical control of weeds becomes the norm in developing country agriculture, the potential exists for the emergence of herbicide resistance species that do not respond to the increased chemical treatments.”
Majority of food manufacturers use a whole lot of chemicals and artificial ingredients in high amounts to achieve the desired taste, texture and shelf life. However, in the long run extensive consumption of products that contain such ingredients can have adverse affect on human health. This is one of the reasons why health conscious consumers avoid processed food and look for healthy recipes that use natural ingredients and which are also easy to cook, thus giving them the satisfaction of eating healthy food. What Is That Makes HFCS Bad? According to research ninety percent of the corn produced in US is genetically modified, and this is the same corn that goes into the making of high fructose corn syrup which is an artificial sweetener.
A GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) is where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. It basically means that anything that includes transferring genes which comes from bacteria, viruses, animals, insects or humans and it is also considered as a transgenic organisms. Examples of GM crops are Soybeans, GM maize, GM wheat, and Rapeseed. There is problems associated with the use of GM crops. That this process might sometimes provokes allergic reactions, or high level of toxin naturally found it, other people think it is morally wrong to move genes between different species and it won’t be a good choice of vegetarian people and people with religious beliefs.
GM crops can be grown on smaller spaces of land, decreasing the pressure placed on the limited space the world has for crops which is already a problem. GM foods can be more environmentally friendly as they require less herbicides and pesticides. Even though there are advantages there are multiple disadvantages which make the decision difficult. They are found to be dangerous to insects which don’t feed on the crops but that are equally important as they play roles in our ecosystem. GM foods can possibly change the field of agriculture.
First of all, Pollan states just because it says it's organic doesn't mean it really is. If you buy an “organic” salad at your local grocery store, farmers will still use pesticides to keep bugs away and other animals. The chemicals they use are all natural, but it's not truly organic if you use pesticides or other chemicals. In The Omnivore’s Dilemma Pollan says, “Instead of toxic pesticides, crops are sprayed with natural substances, like BT, a pesticide made from a common soil bacteria” (140.) This quote proves that big organic industrial companies use pesticides to help produce grow.
Genetically modified foods have only been consumed since the mid-1990s, so there is no long-term data on how these products affect human health, thought there have been studies on human and animal health. According to Mercola.com, a study in India observed workers who harvest genetically modified cotton, and complained about
(APECSEC.org. 2015) • The risks involved in carrying out the process of GM organisms are said to be too great to overcome the reality that may occur once this process has occurred. (Genetic Engineering Cons. 2015.) • By creating plants that are so resistant to pests and disease , bugs have had to adapt themselves to the strong pesticides used and therefore are harder to get rid of , such as bed bugs in hotel rooms. (Genetic Engineering Cons. 2015.)
Below is a list of lowly possible risks GM foods/food crops might consequent: - Antibiotic resistance - Possibility of introducing allergens and toxins to food - Adversely changing the nutrient content of a crop - Creation of "super" weeds and other environmental risks - Accidental contamination between genetically modified and non-genetically modified foods My
Toxic chemical residues from herbicides and pesticides can remain and when ingested are foreign irritants to the system. Many crops in North America are also genetically engineered and are put on the market without rigorous scientific study to determine safety for human consumption. Independent research is finally being done to show toxic effects of consuming genetically modified organisms (2). Foreign DNA is randomly inserted into the genome of a crop. Examples include herbicide resistant corn and soy which are resistant to the herbicide Roundup, made by Monsanto.
On the other hand, proven that there is a possibility that it can cause cancer and other diseases. In North Dakota, they genetically modified sugar beets so pesticides would not ruin the crop, however they have the highest rate of stomach cancer in the U.S. Scientists have linked GMOs, used to modify the sugar beets, back to people having cancer. Notwithstanding, people try to deny that modifying the sugar beet was the cause of everybody parlaying stomach cancer. Proven as a fact, that the modified sugar beets caused the stomach cancer, so the company that came out with the genetically modified sugar beets, sued for not testing the chemicals for cancer and diseases.
The genetically modified strain of cabbage produces its own pesticide, which has the potential to kill insects. This could thus harm the food web, which negatively effects the environment. The pesticide could also infect the soil and degrade the state of the soil, making it less productive. Even though GMOs reduce draws on natural resources, if a crop has the potential to harm the environment, then it should not be
“Today in the United States, by the simple acts of feeding ourselves, we are unwittingly participating in the largest experiment ever conducted on human beings.” Jeremy Seifert certainly knows how to get viewers’ attention, as exemplified by the film blurb describing his 2013 documentary, GMO OMG. The frightening depiction of the food industry is one of many efforts to expose consumers of the twenty-first century to the powerful organizations that profit from national ignorance and lack of critical inquiry and involvement. Seifert effectively harnesses the elements of rhetoric throughout his phenomenal argument against remaining complacent about the food industry’s act of withholding of information about genetically modified organisms from