The major adversaries of Ventria Bioscience are the Japanese rice consumers, the rice producers of California, and the California Rice Commission (CRC). The Japanese rice consumers have a large impact on the opposition of Ventria Bioscience because of their negative reaction towards genetically modified rice. Their viewpoints on this subject are expressed by the Japanese Rice Retailers Association, who represent their concerns and threatened to influence the Japanese government to stop importing California rice if it is commercialized in the United States. The Japanese rice consumers pose a major threat because the Japanese Government 's potential halt of importing California rice will damage the California rice industry, the California rice
In the article entitled Monsanto's Harvest of Fear, Donald L. Barley and James B. Steele demonstrate that Monsanto already dominates the United States food chain with their genetically modified seeds. They are currently targeting milk production which is just as scary as the corporation's legal battles against the small farmers. This situation leads to a history of toxic infections or diseases. There were many disagreements between Gary Rinehart and a stranger about the innovative seeds. They were under surveillance and an investigator came in the picture.
On the other hand, proven that there is a possibility that it can cause cancer and other diseases. In North Dakota, they genetically modified sugar beets so pesticides would not ruin the crop, however they have the highest rate of stomach cancer in the U.S. Scientists have linked GMOs, used to modify the sugar beets, back to people having cancer. Notwithstanding, people try to deny that modifying the sugar beet was the cause of everybody parlaying stomach cancer. Proven as a fact, that the modified sugar beets caused the stomach cancer, so the company that came out with the genetically modified sugar beets, sued for not testing the chemicals for cancer and diseases.
A single bowl of the resulting rice can supply 60% of a child’s daily requirement of vitamin A (In A Grain Of Golden Rice). This is a simple solution to a tremendous problem, yet the rice faces opposition from organizations such as Greenpeace which are anti-GMO.
This has scientists wondering how healthy our food can be if we are mass producing by genetically and chemically altering our foods to grow faster to be then again chemically altered to be produced into something else. In the last three decades, the production and consumption of high fructose corn syrup has risen one thousand percent. This means that more sugar is in circulation in our foods which can cause type two diabetes if consumed at great amounts. Also, it has been recorded that about seventy percent of the United States’ antibiotics are consumed by the livestock which are fed with the genetically and chemically altered corn and crops produced in the nation which causes them to have more grams of saturated fat than normal grass fed livestock. This simply adds to the list of undermined health concerns about the production of
In recent years, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have replaced our diet with food that has been altered, which have adversely affected human health as well as local communities. For many years, many scientist has been genetically modifying organisms and most of the time we do not even realize that we are eating these harmful toxins as they are infused in our food without our knowledge. Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are created by splicing genes of different species that are combined through genetic engineering , something that is impossible to do in nature. There are many pros and cons of genetically modified organisms and the effect of controlling nature can have a synthetic outcome as shown in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
From 2000 to 2013, a 71% increase was seen in the adoption of GM corn seeds known as stacked seeds because they contain multiple GE traits. (Cornrjo et al. para 8). These seeds are resistant to pesticides and have the ability to grow in harsh conditions, which is why they have their use has increased. More and more plants are becoming genetically modified and soon all plants may have some trace of genetic modification.
The corporate giant, Monsanto has in the past years, had way too much effect on the food business across the world. Monsanto advertises clean, healthy and safe food, but they are secretly poisoning human food sources using different pesticides and fertilizers that include threatening chemicals. They are known to abuse the livestock they tell us are raised in a happy environment. “These farms are not like the ones you grew up dreaming of owning, they are dark, cramped and dirty areas that are full of disease and suffering. ”(Pollan)
Genetically modified foods could produce new toxic substances, and/or allergens. A gene was inserted into the DNA of a soybean plant to increase the nutritional value of the soybean. However, this particular gene in the genetically modified soybean also produced an allergen. Fortunately, the plant was not put into production.
As Monsanto is a multinational company whose products are consumed by the food industry, it has to strictly emphasize on its moral obligations concerning the society where their products are being sold. Such moral obligation includes providing best quality of seeds to the consumers and betterment of farmer’s life (Stern, 2011). For this purpose Monsanto ensures high yielding properties of their seeds and it would prevent against insects eating their precious crops. This would ease the farmers in keeping their crops safe and reduce their hassle to sprinkle pesticides for crop safety. On the contrary these genetically modified seeds reported in causing health related issues on consuming the food grown from them.
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
For years, the health and safety of genetically modified foods have been debated and researched by scientists, but the question still stands: should genetically modified foods be allowed for consumption? The process of genetic modification involves inserting a gene from bacteria or a virus into an organism where it would normally not be found. The purpose is to alter the genetic code in plants and animals to make them more productive or resistant to pests or farming techniques. Genetically modified organisms, more commonly known as GMOs, have been a controversial topic of debate for a number of reasons. The ethics behind genetically modified foods come into question due to an abundance of short and long-term effects from the process, many of which are still unknown today.
The labelling of genetically modified foods is seen as wholesome common sense, and it should be required to have the information on the back of every product. People have been manipulating the genetic makeup of plants for numerous generations using the process of traditional cross breeding. Genetically modified crops have been traded, grown and consumed around the world, including Australia since 1996. The progress and advancement in this field has impacted the way we view the deeper issues of this technology. While genetic engineering crop property has been gradually increasing, so have concerns, in that producing and eating genetically modified foods may pose unexpected environmental and health hazards.
Genetically modified crops also aim to lower the failure of crops, which can maximize the benefits of farmer through the increase of income from selling crops. Nevertheless, this technology created chances for biotech companies to exploit farmers, even causing farmers to commit suicide. Big companies developed the genetically modified seed, and sell it to farmers. But farmers have little bargaining power only, they can only rely on the biotech companies. These companies do not aim to help farmers to increase their income, but aim to maximize their own profit.