Pros And Cons Of Genetically Modified Foods

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Are genetically modified foods creating or solving problems?

“Genetically modified food” is a term rapidly becoming more frequently debated in conversation today. Discussion with regards to its use or even place in our society is on going, with conflicting arguments always prevalent. Many people believe that genetically modified foods are creating problems within society, while others argue the opposite and believe genetically modified foods are in fact solving problems. Both sides offer sound argument, however by analysing research and genetically modified food history, one can ascertain that genetically modified foods are proffering more solutions to issues in our world rather than creating them.

Before one dives into the battle of good versus evil, one must first fully understand the concept of genetically modified foods. Genetically modified (GM) or genetically engineered (GE) foods have been modified in order to develop favourable characteristics. Genes are transferred from various organisms to fruit and vegetable plants and are responsible for generating favourable characteristics, such as resistance to pests and insecticides (Milano and Carol, 2007: 8-11). Many people are pro GM foods due to their positive effects such as larger yields and decreased pesticide use, but not everyone is convinced.

GM foods are a relatively new phenomenon and
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Researchers thought, “the introduction of new proteins might produce allergic response” (Palmer et al, 2010: 6). Again note the use of might. GM foods are often blamed for being responsible for compounding allergic reactions and this concern repeatedly raises its head in GM food debate. Jeffrey M. Smith, a consumer activist, discusses the link between Bacillus thuringiensis (a bacteria used to genetically engineer foods) and rising food allergies in one of his
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