Persuasive/Research Paper on "Genetically Modified" Food

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This is the Way the Cookie Crumbles

“Mommy,” a five year-old child states, “this food is tastier than the other kind.” The reason for this is simple; genetic engineering. Genetic engineering is modification of a plant’s or animal’s DNA. Scientists do this to enhance a certain gene within the organism. Some opponents of genetically modified food argue that growing this kind of food will ruin the environment and the ecosystem permanently. In fact, genetically modified food is beneficial for the environment and for society. With the creation and use of genetically modified food, the world shall change forever.

To begin with, GM (genetically modified) crops are able to be used for medical purposes. Meaning, these modified plants “have medical benefits that prevent cancer and other diseases” (Institute 32). Medically, this is extremely important because thousands of people have died to cancer. The world would be a better place without cancer. Not only does this help people, a plant can be made to produce more nutrients that are essential (Manning 10). A persons immune system can be boosted to help fight off viruses and other bad organisms. Sadly, “800 million people around the world are undernourished” (Pence 58), causing diseases to run rampant. In the medical world, rampant diseases can cause harm to millions of people. Not only this but 400 million child bearing women have iron deficiency and 100 million children suffer from blindness from Vitamin A deficiency (Penning 58). This is unfortunate in all aspects. People do not deserve to die due to spoiled or a shortage of food. GM food can help people. Without a doubt, medical usage of GM food is essential.

Another piece of evidence that shows GM crops in their finest is their tactics in feeding the world. One conclusion can be drawn from the fact that “GMOs [Genetically Modified Organisms] provide healthier food for [farmer’s] farm animals]” (Institute 32). The healthier an animal eats, the better the...
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