Week Three Position Paper
Genetically Engineered Foods
July 28th, 2011
I didn’t realize the hazards of genetically engineered (GE) foods till I read the chapter in Omnivores Dilemma. It’s really mind boggling to think what the farmers wage in risk so that they can produce more crop yields. The amazing thing is that the farmers know the potential hazards of growing GE foods. I didn’t realize that more than 75% of our foods are genetically engineered! These foods are commonly referred to as Franken foods. So get this! GE foods have never really been proven safe, but for some reason, and I am pretty sure the reason is the all mighty dollar, our government has allowed this to go on with any really in-depth studies on harmful side effects.
Ok, so these are the potential benefits, and I use befits lightly, from GE foods. GE crops allow farmers to grow more yield, more yield means more money and more potential food in the super markets. Also these crops are able to resist more pest and disease, also they are able to tolerate droughts. Ok so the funny thing is that after doing research these seem to be the only strong benefits to GE foods! So moving on lets go the to cons. And well I’ll just shorten the list to important ones because the cons on this issue out weight the pros. GE foods have been linked to health hazards. All the genetic alterations scientist are doing to GE foods seem to be cause allergic reactions to some people and introducing new toxins in to our bodies. Also this is introducing new toxins into the environment. In the book, Omnivores Dilemma, the farmer agreed about the health hazards saying that during harvest season that toxins from the crops seep into the water supply and the town is on a boil order, crazy! So our lovely scientist use genetically engineered antibiotic resistance genes which in turn make mutant cells, which means, and stay with me, that the crop contains these genes that are...