Genetically Modified Foods

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Imbalance distribution of food arouses a wide public concern. It causes numerous of countries facing the problem of starvation. Genetically modified (GM) food, which means food from crops whose genes have been scientifically changed (Cambridge English Dictionary, n.d.), is suggested to be one of the constructive solutions. However, some people claims that it has negative effects on various fields of human life. This essay will examine the benefits and drawbacks of genetically modified foods, emphasizing on public health, farmers’ production cost and the environmental impacts. To compare with the traditional edibles, GM foods are the food with better quality. Owing to the advanced technology, some useful features of a comestible can be transmitted through modifying genes. This means that nutrients are not restricted to the initial amount. Humans are possible to obtain a combination of essential nourishment which natural foods do not have (Barak, S., Mudgil, D., & Khatkar, B.S., 2010). For instance, vitamin A is hard to be acquired in underdeveloped countries. With the help of genetic …show more content…

Barak (2010) suggests that the transgenic crops are “pest resistance” and “herbicide tolerance” (p.552). Those characteristics work as a layer of protection to protect the foods from being destroyed. An inputted amount of seeds will finally result in a corresponding return of foods. Moreover, the plants are capable for enduring severe growing condition. For example, genes with cold tolerant feature can be transferred to tropical crops such as potato so they can now grow in winter without geographical limitations. In the absence of pests and harmful chemicals destruction as well as the good adaptation of climates, less control and supervision on GM foods are needed. As a result, the farmers put a smaller content of money into the production (Barak, 2010; Nottingham,

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