Research Paper: Genetically Modified Foods: Rational

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[. . .] Some of the currently available genetically modified crops are designed to be higher in nutritional content than their natural counterparts. More adventurous genetic engineers are considering fusing genes "that produce human vaccines against infectious diseases such as hepatitis B; fish that mature more quickly; cows that are resistant to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease)," with potential net benefits to the consumer and the global community (United States Department of Energy: Office of Science, 2013).

2c. Personal Viewpoint

Arguments in favor of the use of genetically modified organisms reveal potential benefits that are difficult to ignore. It is tempting to believe that genetic modification of foods will reduce poverty and malnutrition around the world, or reduce dependence on chemical fertilizers and pesticides. However, there are currently more reasons to use caution with GMOs than there are reasons to embrace the technology wholeheartedly. For one, companies that produce genetically modified foods patent their products. This in itself can cause major problems in the future related to food availability and food security. Lawsuits against companies like Monstanto have proven that there are major legal and ethical concerns with patenting seeds. The fact that for-profit organizations could have greater control over food production is a frightening proposition, and could outweigh the potential benefits of theoretically improving crop yields worldwide. Moreover, the potential improvements in crop yields are as of yet still theoretical as the technology has not been used long enough to determine whether the results will be fruitful.

There are also no long-term studies proving that genetically modified foods are safe for consumption, or safe in terms of ecological sustainability. Currently, there are more ethical reasons to limit the use of genetically modified organisms until more is known about their long-term impacts on individual people, public health in general, and also on the global ecosystems. Genetically modified crops seem like a short-term solution to problems that would best be solved in other ways, such as eliminating the government corruption that causes poverty in the first place. The labeling controversy is another major ethical issue. Consumers absolutely have the right to know whether the food they purchase has been genetically modified.


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