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Genetically Modified Foods

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Tomatos are bio-engineered to ripen on the vine and last longer by having delayed ripening and softening. They also have a slowed rotting process. This leads to superior flavor, color and texure. Using GM foods increases fertilizer effciency, improves crop production and increases the world's food supply.

The Herbicide that is used for GM crops promote conservation tillage, preserve topsoil, and protect water quality.

GM foods draw nitrogen directly from the soil which reduces the need for chemical fertilizers and cause less damage from the fertilizer run off. Genetically Modified Foods The future of our diets? Or a monster to society? GMOs are ... So what are they anyway? Why use Genetically Modified Foods? Extended Shelf Life
Creation of Edible Vaccines and Drugs
Positive Impact on Farming and Food Production Extended Shelf Life Genetically modifying food sounds like a great idea! So whats the catch? Well it turns out GMOs are bad for your body and for the environment. Negatives Health
Effects Higher risks of toxicity Antibiotic Resistance Allergies Cross Breeding Endangering many species of extinction Reduced Effectiveness Inserting a foreign gene into a plant could cause the production of toxins to start therefore increasing the toxin levels in our body to become dangerous Put simply, they are genetically modified organisms that have been created using gene splicing to create new variations of life Products That Contain GMO's Pickles
Soft Drinks/Soda
Fruit Drinks
Some Antibiotics
Peanuts Peanut butter
Chips Just to name a few... This can lead to possible creation of new viruses Positive Impact on Farming and Food Production Antibiotic resistance genes are injected into your food's DNA and act as a control when scientists insert new genes into plants Edible Vaccines and Drugs GE bananas are modified to produce proteins that fight against hepatits, rabies, dyentry, cholera, and gut related infections. When these plants are eaten there is a concern that bacteria living inside humans and animals will contract the antibiotic resistance gene inside the GM food They are created when ... Scientists fuse DNA from many different species creating new combinations of genes that can not occur naturally in nature What problem do they strive to solve? GE foods were created to end food shortages and hunger around the world Environmental Effects “In the last decades of the twentieth century, scientists learned to manipulate the genetic code, or DNA, of various plants and animals. By splicing the DNA from one organism into the DNA of a second organism, scientists were able to pass a trait from the first organism to the second” (Harris). "Genetically Modified Foods." Better Health Channel. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Oct.
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5103/gm/harmful.html>. About 5% of children and 2% of alduts in the U.S. are affected by food allergies. When humans ingest unfamiliar proteins from GM foods, it triggers this immune response reaction. The herbicide resistance genes in GE crops have the potential of being transferred into nearby vegetation Weeds will become "super weeds" and require more herbicides which can contaminate the surrounding soil and water For example, the monarch butterfly has shown high mortality rates to the bio-pesticide pollen that was created by genetically modified corn Even though monarch caterpillars do not eat corn, scientists worry that this deadly pollen will blow in the wind to neighboring fields, decimating their population numbers In the past when DDT was used, mosquitoes formed an immunity to the pesticide, rendering it useless Scientists predict that insects intended to be killed by the pesticide genes in GE crops, will in fact become resistant, just like before And can also lead to cancer Uzogara, Stella G. "Biotechnology Advances." The Impact of Genetic Modification of Human Foods in the 21st Century: A Review 18.3 (2000): 179-206. Science Direct. Elsevier B.V. Web. 3 Oct. 2012. "Introduction to Genetically Modified Food: At Issue." Genetically Engineered Foods. Ed.Nancy Harris. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2009. At Issue. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 3 Oct. 2012. There are the facts ... Both sides of the controversy So are GM foods the future of our diets? OR Are GM foods a monster to society? You Decide!
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