Gentically Modified Foods

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Gentically Modified Foods

The Pros and Cons

There are various advantages of Genetically Modified Foods. The advantages can be divided into both positive and negative sources as seen below:

Positive Sources:

  1. Cheaper. These altered plants are easier to grow since they do not require the same amount of effort as that of traditional plants. They can
  2. Faster rate of growth. The plants can be altered to grow faster, in turn providing food for larger populations each year.
  3. High in nutrients. These foods can provide the consumer with a more abundant source of vitamins and minerals, a better taste, and a longer shelf storage life.
Image of Corn

Corn are commonly modified foods

Negative Sources:

  1. Harmful effects on human body. GMOs can form diseases that are immune to antibiotics. They can lead to the formation of cancer, and have unknown long term effects. Additionally, they are known for the possibility of gene transfer into the consumer’s body. This happens when the DNA piece which was added to the food itself, transfers into the organism’s body. This leads to various digestive issues. Furthermore, GMOs have been known to lead to lead to an increase in allergies over the past 10 years.
  2. GMOs aren’t labeled when sold. The foods are not labeled when packaged, causing the consumer to buy foods without knowing if they will be harmed in the long run.
  3. Not religiously excepted. Many look at the growth of GMOs as an unnatural process of growing foods and thus they are not eaten in certain religions.

Although GMOs can provide benefits to the global community, the magnitude of the negative effects are clearly more dominant. GMOs are seen to put the lives of their consumers in jeopardy. This provides clear proof, that GMOs should no longer be used, as they are not efficient in benefiting the society.