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Genetically Modified Foods - Photo Essay

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Tianara Eddy

on 30 October 2013

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Genetically Modified Foods:
Consumers are being given foods that cater to the needs of the modern, on the go, and technology reliant lifestyle. Genetically modified foods typically last longer and can be produced in greater abundance and in a smaller amount of time than organic foods and allow for a greater food supply around the world.
While many problems seem to arise from the concept of genetically modified foods, including health related issues, environmental issues, and economic competition for opposing food companies, those who are most affected, as well as those who can make the most difference do not prioritize the issue, so it must not be as big of issue as some make it seem. Genetically modified foods actually help stimulate the economy.
The production of genetically modified foods interferes the production of organic foods in a way that jeopardizes the organic status. Many genetically modified crops are grown in close proximity to organic crops.
All levels of government and agencies and departments within seem to have very little authority over the practice of genetically modifying foods and crops. Local, state, and the federal governments have not taken their authority to govern and regulate the practice of genetically modifying foods and crops to its full potential. There are also very few laws and regulations in the United States that specifically govern the practice of genetic modification.
Genetically modified foods have changed the food consumer market and agriculture as a whole and have proved to be a tough competitor for organic and natural foods.
Are they as bad as they are made out to be?
That toxin was supposed to only harm what it was protecting the crop against and disappear before reaching one’s digestive system. Although no major issues arose in the women or babies, occurrences like this are what discredit the integrity of genetically modified foods. Scientists and genetic engineers create unnatural foods and crops with a good purpose, but some of the outcomes are not what were intended.

Many consumers want to know when something they are consuming has been genetically modified and in addition they should be able to know what exactly has been modified or added, while many others are either ignorant of the modified foods or simply just do not care. This is a big issue among consumers and they should be able to be informed about what helps them survive and what may harm them through labeling and other regulations.
A specific occurrence in which consumers were harmed by a genetically modified food was when a toxin present during growth of a crop to serve as a pesticide and keep other organisms from harming the crop were found in the blood of pregnant women and some of their unborn babies, along with the blood of not pregnant women.
The health effects of genetically modified foods and crops on consumers can be argued either way. On one hand, the foods and crops are being modified so that they no longer need the amounts of pesticides and fertilizers that are typically used.
By being exposed to the toxins and chemicals that change genetics, organic foods become more equal to their genetically modified counterparts in terms of their agricultural upbringing, their quality drops and the demand of certain organic is reduced, subsequently deflating their value.This results in the value of modified foods being closer to the value of organic foods.
Genetically modified foods are a part of the many science and technological advances that have allowed for a greater food supply for the growing population of the world, as well as contributed to the needs of many people to store their food supply for long periods at a time for convenience. While genetically modified foods in general may cause some issues, there are not really many major cases caused specifically by genetically modified foods that have caused everyone to reevaluate the existence of genetically modified foods, other than the health of everyone as a whole.
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On the other hand, the toxins and substances that are used to alleviate the need for pesticides and fertilizers when growing crops sometimes cause some of the same problems if not more or worse problems.
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