Genetically Modified Foods In The 1980's

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In the 1980’s, the first genetically modified tobacco and tomato crops were introduced and sold in China and have been, controversially, around ever since. Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, according to the World Health Organization, are foods derived from organisms whose genetic material has been modified through genetic engineering. Since the first time genetically modified foods were introduced in the 1980's, there has been a debate on whether or not these alien foods are harmful to our health. According to Jeffrey Smith, author of the book Seeds of Deception, in Another Reason for Schools to Ban Genetically Engineered Foods, he states, “Gene insertion creates unpredicted, irreversible changes” (486). Clearly, the uncertainty for…show more content…
According to Dr. Akiba Green, who received his Bachelors in Health Science from the University of Florida and is a practicing chiropractic physician in North Carolina for over 13 years, there are numerous deaths linked to genetically modified foods. In his video, he mentions the research of Jeffrey M. Smith, a public speaker and author of the book Seeds of Deception, and William Crist, the investigator who discovered the evidence, who helped uncover the truth of the deadly genetic engineering disaster in the 1980’s. According to the research, 5,000 to 10,000 men and women were experiencing symptoms such as coughing, rash, pneumonia, muscle spasms, vision problems, and more. Doctors called this mysterious disease eosinophilia myalgia syndrome, or EMS the muscle pain. While it was rather mysterious and random, doctors discovered one commonality in all the patients: they were taking a supplement called L-Tryptophan. At first, doctors didn’t think that Tryptophan, which is an essential amino acid, could be the cause of this pain. However, it was later uncovered by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), that this L-Tryptophane was genetically modified in Japan and imported to the U.S. to the manufacturing company Showa Denko. As said in the article by Jeffrey M. Smith, “Moreover, the manufacturer was genetically engineering bacteria to…show more content…
In 2012, Chinese researchers, led by Chen-Yu Zhang of Nanking University, found that the insecticidal RNAi Monsanto uses on their crops to stop bugs from eating it, could adversely affect humans. They found that it triggers an increase in “bad cholesterol,” leading to a heightened risk of heart attacks (Koberstein 50). In 2013, Monsanto published a rebuttal that “suggested that Zhang’s results were warped by contamination on lab equipment” (Koberstein 50). Clearly, the GMO companies won’t stop until they halt any suspicion of their products. Warren Porter, professor of zoology at the University of Wisconsin, states why exactly these big corporations go after scientists. He says, “corporations attack scientists with their products because they don’t want to lose markets and market shares” (49). Evidently, the main reason these corporations stop any suspicion is because they don’t want to lose money, even if it means going after scientists in the
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