Animal products like eggs, meat, and milk contain genetically modified foods, because the food fed to livestock is usually genetically modified. Why are genetically modified products harmful? Though genetically modifying crops may increase crop output, there are several health risks that outweigh this positive point. There is currently no requirement by the FDA for GMOs to be labeled. This is a negative, because if you do not want to purchase GMOs, you cannot know for sure what you are purchasing.
The Product Strategy of Chipotle is unique compared to other fast food chain restaurants. Chipotle is known for their “Food with Integrity” program, a mission to remove as many genetically modified organism foods (GMOs) from their menu as possible. Chipotle gathers their food supplies from local farm producers that treat their animals as humanely as possible unlike many other food corporations. The Food with Integrity program is used as a deterrent to animal cruelty and also a call for the most excellent food for their customers to consume. For example, Chipotle requests that all their dairy products come from dairy cows not treated with rBGH, a chemical that makes cows produce more milk than usual.
My first theory is because the earliest humans entire lives revolved around and depended on organic material. This makes total sense because literally everything from the shelter to their meals was all organic. There was not the option of hitting a Wal-Mart for new clothes or swinging through McDonald’s for a cheeseburger. Another example of humans being created from organic material is the ancient Mayans who thought their ancestors were made from white and yellow corn. My explanation of this is because their whole life revolved around the corn harvests being good every year.
GM foods are also able to tolerate herbicides, an example of this would be Argentina in 2002 where 90% of the soybeans grown were genetically modified to tolerate herbicides. GM crops are now also able to resist environmental stress (such as drought, heat, frost, etc.) Recently a gene which allows rice to produce a sugar that protects it during periods of dehydration has been introduced to allow it to withstand drought. However, there are some disadvantages about GM food. After a study done by Gilles-Eric Seralini in 2012 many claim that there is a link between GM foods and cancer.
For example, did not do any safety study, does not do the label of GMOs and allowing companies to put their GM food products onto the market without alerting the agency. Their reason was to claim that they do not have any information to show that GM foods is different and they have no integrity. Lastly, Genetically Modified food do not increase yields, and work against feeding the human population. An evidence in the Union of Concerned Scientists in 2009 had reported that organic agriculture methods used in developing countries have persuading results in yield and had increases higher by 79%. In fact, GMOs does not increase yields at all.
Here is a list of some words that companies are using on their labels that can be quite deceptive: fresh, all-natural, healthy, gluten free, organic, 100 calories, no trans fat, naturally sweetened, no sugar/reduced sugar, with vitamins and minerals, whole grains, etc. (Langford, 2014) These labels are consumed and typically not questioned any further by customers. Brands such as Kellogg, PopChips, PepsiCo, and Whole Foods Market are a few amongst many companies who have recently been through major lawsuits for false claims being made about their products. According to the journal article, Governance Studies at Brookings, Kellogg’s had been promoting their products “all natural” or “nothing artificial” for the Kashi brand, while the products were actually containing many synthetic and unhealthy ingredients. Therefore, leading to a very big lawsuit.
An example is genetically modified rice or the Golden rice. We know that rice is the staple food for most people in Asia or even in Africa, some people just eat food only. Millions of the children in places like the Philippines go blind of vitamin A deficiency thousands of others die of other disease, because lack of vitamin A cause the weakening of the immune system. To solve this problem the genetic engineers took a gene from corn which provides vitamin A and from bacteria in the normal rice. Only one bowl of the golden rice provides 60% of the vitamin A needed in one day.
Artificial sweeteners on the other hand are do not really cause tooth decay because of the chemicals that are in the sweeteners. Too much sugar can cause tooth decay, at the same time, it could cause cancer, liver, and heart disease. Cancer is the main reason that Americans die suffering. Cancer is dangerous because many times there are no solutions or medicines to types of cancers. In conclusion, sugar is unhealthy and can cause many problems including tooth decay, cancer, liver, and heart disease.
The first full-size native human recombinant PDP, human serum albumin, was demonstrated in 1990, and since then antibodies, blood products, hormones and vaccines have all been expressed in plants. Using GM plants as a platform for producing pharmaceuticals has many potential advantages over traditional systems. For example, GM plants can produce complex multimeric proteins such as antibodies that cannot be readily expressed by microbial systems. Currently, over three million people die every year from vaccine-preventable diseases, the vast majority in the developing world. The current model of profit-motivated pharmaceutical production by companies in the developed world is ineffective in ridding the developing world of disease.
Fewer people involve in the agricultural activities. GM food is one of the methods to increase the food supply in the future. Undoubtedly, there are many people concern the safety of GM food. The Government should impose a strict GM labelling regulations to ease people’s concerns. I hope the GM food could be invested with shorter time and lower cost in the future, therefore those poor countries can be benefited from the GM