There are many deliberations revolving around the viability of GMO. Specifically, the effects of consumption of the GMO have been questionable in regard to health related complications. The controversy…
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The scientific methods used are critical and needs to be researched widely to elucidate the controversy of the GMO and their effects on human beings.
Most GMOs take less time than usual to grow. This has been considered as an abnormal situation that can lead to several health complications to consumers. One of the controversies is related to the idea or allegations that GMOs have fertility complications on the users (Food and Nutrition Board 5). This is evidenced by numerous studies that were conducted on different animals that turned out to be positive on infertility. Immune problem has also been associated with consuming of GMOs. It is argued that continued consumption of the GMO causes or leads to lowered immune system in the body.
In addition there have been allegations that continued consumption of GM foods causes aging factors that make individuals to age at a faster rate than the normal rate. Some doctors have conducted some tests on GM foods and advice people to avoid GM foods because they have numerous health consequences to the body.
Studies have documented that most susceptive group of the population are the children (Food and Nutrition Board 5). In fact, some doctors have argued that in some extreme case, children act as experimental animals for GM foods because of their weak immune systems. One of the notable experiments that confirmed problems with GM foods on children involved rats that were injected with GM soy on female rats. Within a span of three weeks, most of the rat babies were dead. The control group that involved rats that were fed with natural soy recorded a 10% death rate. Babies that survived to the maturity had problems getting pregnant. In this regard, it is argued that the use GM foods by human beings would be similar to the experiment that was on rats.
In addition, when male rats were fed with GM soy, their testicles changed color form normal pink to dark blue and alteration of sperm. The DNA composition of the
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To come up with a given GMO, DNA molecules derived from different sources get combined to come up with a completely new set of genes, and a new molecule. This technique is generally referred to as recombinant DNA technology. The resulting new DNA molecule then acts as source of novel or modified genes by being transferred to an organism to which a modification or novelty is desired.
“The first commercial food product developed from gene slicing (a term for a type of genetic modification) was the Flavr Savr tomato.” (Schneider and Schneider). The tomato was produced through the concept of genetic modification where it could naturally ripen on the vine and could be firm enough to withstand the shipping after it is harvested.
On several accounts, it has been realized that while these foods can indeed be used effectively in addressing the question of food shortages across the world, they present a myriad of challenges that might not justify their production. Most of these challenges have, therefore, led to many people advocating the abolition of the GM foods on various accounts.
According to Evenson and Santaniello (2004), during 2003, around 167 million acres (67.7 million hectares) developed via 7 million farmers in 18 countries were planted with Genetic Modified crops, the major ones being herbicide- and insecticide - opposing soybeans, corn, cotton, and canola.
The production as well as consumption of GMOs has been a hotly debated topic. GMOs have been accepted by the society but a new debate surrounding the labeling of these organisms have spurred. The debate over
The genetically modified foods have slowly made their way to the U.S food supply while on the other hand European nations have experienced an incredible backlash as awareness of their use grew. There have