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Senior Project [GMOs]
Transcript of Senior Project [GMOs]
Organisms in Consumer
Food Products The beginning of the
Genetic Alteration of Food Products Breakdown of Genetic Modification Monsanto Bibliography In 1994, Commercial sales of genetically modified foods began in America with the reveal of tomatoes that were chemically altered to be able to delay ripening, supposedly staying fresh for longer then a conventionally grown tomato.
The public reacted very positively to these products, which could be bought at the same price as organic tomatoes, and eventually the agricultural market began to add genetic modifications to soy, corn, and cooking oils for a variety of purposes. Unknown to the public, the process of genetically modifying food products often uses synthetic and chemically altered bacterium, as well as foreign genetics from other plants to develop a specific trait in the product.
Modification to appearance, taste, texture and consistency of products are usually the most common in American supermarkets. Aside from superficial modification, resistance to certain insects and plant/animal borne viruses have also become commonplace in staple consumer foods such as vegetables, grains and dairy products. An 'Agricultural Biotech' company founded in 1901 as a chemical research corporation, Monsanto was one of the first companies to lobby for use of GM products for consumers. The company focused heavily on bio-modification to food and livestock in order to make larger product yield in less time, for less cost.
Monsanto has been criticized for its controversial production methods as well as its products, which have included various carcinogenic milk additives, self-terminating seeds and toxic herbicides. Still, Monsanto owns [and contributes technology toward] most of the food brands consumed by Americans.
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"GMO research again points to safety of biotechnology." Southwest Farm Press [Online Exclusive] 15 Dec. 2010. Agriculture Collection. Web. 23 Oct. 2012. Consumers and GMOs So why is GM crop and livestock use a problem? If most people enjoy fast, cheap, convenient foods- then aren't GM products great a society like ours?
They're convenient, sure, but they're equivalent to a human consuming sand or ground glass shards. Humans are not able to properly digest many plant specific bacterium and synthetic components used in GM foods, as a result, thousands of health issues arise. Cardiovascular issues, obesity, allergies, autism*, diabetes, cancer and bone disorders can all be traced back to the diet, which commonly has some form of GM consumption at some point in time. Organic vs. GM The simplest way to ensure healthy diet in a market dominated by GM products is to eat certified organic foods. These foods have been grown sustainably on farms owned by farmers, without any commercial interference.
Organic specialty foods [such as teas, grass fed, free range meat and grains] may be slightly more expensive than commercial counterparts, but they're an easy way to bypass the myriad of potential health issues generated from modified food consumption.
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