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Genetically Modified Foods

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Finley West

on 19 May 2015

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Transcript of Genetically Modified Foods

The supply of foods on Earth can not keep up with the rapid population growth

“An integrated approach across multiple international disciplines is the only thing that can successfully solve the world’s food problems while reducing pollution.” (Messer)
The number of foods produced by unnatural methods far outnumber those produced by natural agricultural methods

“More than 17 million farmers in roughly three dozen countries worldwide are using GM crop varieties to produce higher yields with fewer inputs and lower environmental impact.” (Miller)
Starving people in poor countries have more access to food due to how much more can be produced by unnatural methods

Many who are supporting the opposition are companies that profit off of the current 'generic' trend
More superfoods, like avocados, can be produced and made extremely nutritional

"According to the World Health Organization, 250 million children worldwide, mostly in the developing world, have diets lacking in vitamin A." (Schonwald)
Many people argue that they are not healthy, but there are no definitive tests showing this

GMO foods are constantly being tested by the FDA and have yet to show any adverse health effects
Many people argue we can't see the 'long term' effects of these foods, which is a flawed argument

There are no conclusive tests showing that unnaturally grown foods are dangerous
Prices would lower in general or remain at a consistent place year-round

Since availability of all foods will be higher, more substitutes will be available, making all food prices lower
People with allergies can have more available substitutes at any time of the year

"...like a cherry tomato modified to carry a lemon basil gene, which is said to be delicious..." (Lunau)
Production Efficiency
Health Effects
Variety of Foods Produced
Genetically Modified Foods
Although genetically modified foods are not produced with natural methods and it is unknown whether or not they might pose long-term health risks, the benefits of genetically modified foods outweigh this due to the high quality of food produced and the enhanced ability to mass produce the food needed to feed starving and hungry people.
If funding doesn't increase in the research and development of GMOs and unnatural farming methods, there will be a hunger crisis
Cultural dishes can be prepared at any time of year, and at any location, eliminating possible worries

“With the year-round production of growth hormone, the AquaBounty fish grow to market size in 16 to 18 months instead of 30.” (Pollack)
Survey Results
“So in the end, maybe it's not going to matter what science finds about GM foods. If the public vetoes these ingredients from the food supply – by checking labels and purchasing accordingly, will it really matter, in the end, whether they're safe or not?” (Schelmetic)
Works Cited
Schonwald, Josh. "Engineering the Future of Food." Futurist 46.3 (n.d.): 24-28. Web.

Lunau, Kate. "Tomorrow's Food." Maclean's 125.16 (n.d.): 46-50. Web.

Pollack, Andrew. "An Entrepreneur Bankrolls a Genetically Engineered Salmon." The New York Times. The New York Times, 21 May 2012. Web.

Miller, Henry I. "The GM Reactionaries." Project Syndicate. Project Syndicate, 31 Dec. 2012. Web.

Schelmetic, Tracey. "Industry Market Trends." Thomasnet. Thomasnet, 09 Aug. 2011. Web.

Messer, A'ndrea. "Global Effort Needed to Feed the World - Futurity." Futurity. Futurity, 24 Feb. 2011. Web.

Rojas-Méndez, José I., et al. "Acceptance Of Genetically Modified Foods With Health Benefits: A Study In Germany." Journal Of Food Products Marketing 18.3 (2012): 200-221. Academic Search Premier. Web.

Goldstein, Daniel. "Tempest In A Tea Pot: How Did The Public Conversation On Genetically Modified Crops Drift So Far From The Facts?." Journal Of Medical Toxicology 10.2 (2014): 194-201. Academic Search Premier. Web.

Tufarelli, V., et al. "Genetically Modified Feeds In Poultry Diet: Safety, Performance, And Product Quality." Critical Reviews In Food Science & Nutrition 55.4 (2015): 562-569. Academic Search Premier. Web.

Young, Alison. "GMOs: Friend or Foe?" Natural Health 42.4 (2012): 46. Web.

Mount, Rachel. "Safe to Eat?" O, The Oprah Magazine 13.5 (2012): 133. Web.

Barnard, Neal. "Weird Science: Should You Say No to GM Foods?" Vegetarian Times 384 (2011): 26-27. Web.
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