Genetically modified foods, also known as genetically modified organisms are biologically altered foods. Scientists put a desired gene from one plant, animal, or organism into another plant, in the hope that more crops are grown and have resistance to disease, drought, and pesticides. You likely have several items in your kitchen that are genetically modified that you don’t even know about. According to Livestrong.com, more than 88% of all soy, corn, squash, and cotton plants grown in the U.S. are genetically modified. Animal products like eggs, meat, and milk contain genetically modified foods, because the food fed to livestock is usually genetically modified.
In the first place, one way to solve the omnivore’s dilemma by checking the nutrition facts on what we buy. In the book Food Rules by Michael Pollan, it mentions a way to help make better eating choices. One way is to look at what is in the food we eat. “Not because high-fructose corn syrup is any worse for you than sugar, but because it is, like many of the other unfamiliar ingredients in packaged foods, a reliable marker for a food product that has been highly processed.” This means that people are just looking at those words they do not understand, not knowing what the words mean. This demonstrates that Americans should look at the nutrition facts so people do not end up eating something with ingredients that do the opposite of making Americans healthier.
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.
Pollan argues this by introducing us to all the food chains we value today, some much more than others. 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.)
There’s not much scientific evidence that organic food is safer than the traditional food, as conducting such studies is not that easy. Even then the studies done were not really in humans. The one difference though is in the antioxidants but doesn’t prove that human health improves due to more anti-oxidant properties in organic food. While organics have become more desirable by the consumers, but at the same time, it doesn’t hold more nutritional value as oppose to non-organic food. There is one difference in the making of organic food; that is, the chemicals etc.
Stephen Hawking once said ¨With genetic engineering, we will be able to increase the complexity of animal and human DNA and improve the human race. However it will be a slow process.¨ Animals are being modified around the globe for the benefit of humans. Some main animals that are getting tested range from farm animals to birds and guinea pigs. There are many benefits to modifying animals.Although there are risks for modifying animals, the modification can be helpful for humans and is good because it helps with production for products, proteins in foods, and the stock of farm animals. Some will argue that it is not ethical to modify animals; however, when humans modify animals it can be used for our benefit and it has been used for our advantage
Enviropigs are not yet approved by the food and drug administrative of health Canada due to the discoveries made aware to them. These discoveries include side effects which may be seen in humans after a long time, such as human beings who are allergic to enviropork. The side effects cause illnesses such as kidney failure, if too much phosphorous is present in our human bodies. The factor of illnesses contributes to the fact that people do not approve of eating meat of the enviropig. These pigs may be costly to buy due to all the trouble went through to modify it, but it is less expensive for farmers to farm with,because the modified pigs do not need added phytase to their feed anymore.
GMOs are used to help crops thrive in harsh conditions so that people in poorer areas have more sustainable food supply. The thought of GMOs is a bit unsettling when learning how far science has altered food, particularly meats and seafood. However, if there is no evidence that GMOs are harming us nor have they discovered any damage done to the environment related to GMOs. I prefer to have something that I believe has not been tampered with but overall will not change my buying habits at this time. I feel until science proves otherwise the benefits of GMOs deem it a necessary
Is Factory Farming a threat to human health and the environment? Today, people are creating alternative ways to improve our way of living. They came up with factory farming, which is a modern agricultural industry that mass produce animals for the purpose of supplying food/products for human needs. Factory farm sites holds large number of animals to be raised for food in a confined space in an area to minimize operation cost, and the mass production brings down the food prices as they could produce adequate amount of animals to meet the demand. However, except for supplying the needs of humanity and making much cheaper food.
gon Why Gmo is a good thing Gmo is a acronym for genetically modified organism.Now what that means is that a organism that has been genetically modified or changed.There are a lot of things that are Gmo.For example there are about 97% of soybean and 88% of corn with 94% of cotton are Gmo .Other things that are gmo are rise,cotton ,alfalfa,canola,sugar beets, papaya and even salmon with many more.Now most people are against that but I 'm actually for it.Well only for the ones that actually care about people 's health and that are not doing this to just to make money.So why am I for it? We 'll let 's take the papaya for an example the fruit once had a bad diseases called papaya ring spot virus.So what some scientist did was to do gmo to some
Phytochemicals that come from plants, such as lycopene and flavonoid, have been linked to lower rates of prostate cancer and diabetes, respectively. Although we cannot find the answers behind why our bodies use these chemicals, they should not be neglected. We may not need these compounds for our survival, but “[we] may not live maximally, and [we] may not have optimal function.” I really enjoyed Lizzie Widdicombe’s article “The End of Food.” It introduced me to a topic that I was unfamiliar with, and it opened my eyes to the new technology and innovation that is evolving. I do believe that Soylent is a great tool, but I do not think that it should be used to replace food as a whole. Physical food has many nutritional benefits that cannot be recovered any other way and has been our way of life for as long as we can remember.
Genetically Modified Organisms, GMO, are also a highly debated subject. Our foods are being modified to taste “better” or to look more appealing. They are also modified to resist certain diseases or other ailments. Sometimes doing this to our foods ends up making them worse than they already were. More and more people are finding it had to buy natural non- GMO foods and
In fact, when people hear the words “genetically modified” most people envision organisms that are harmful, instead of visualizing organisms that help improve our health and increase food production. Genetically modified organisms, also known as GMOs, are organisms
Although the list of advantages for selective breeding is boundless, there are a long list of disadvantages. With mutations comes the risk of new diseases as well as other health affects. Some health affects may skip the plant and affect those around it such as humans or other organisms that consume the plant. Genetically altering a plant can lead to shorter life spans as well as the ruining of the fruits made by the plant. A less extreme but still unsatisfying loss could be a poor tasting crop or one that may decay much faster.