Banning Genetically Modified Organisms In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Science leads to medical, and technological advances, and even the modification of food humans eat, in Mary Shelley’s gothic novel, Frankenstein, she captures question of how scientists can do this. “The world to me was a secret, which I desired to discover: to her it was a vacancy, which she sought to people with imaginations of her own” (Shelly 21). All the discoveries Scientist make lead to a bigger questions of truly how safe is the modification of food. The United States alone, consumes over 70%-80% of the Genetically Modified Organisms made. Most developed countries have either restriction or have banned Genetically Modified Organisms after chronic illness, food allergies and other mental/health disorders have increased. Over the last …show more content…
Since Genetically Modified Organisms have been introduced to food industry, there has been a substantial increase in food allergies in children and adults. Studies have shown how proteins produced by engineered plants (also known as GMOs) are different than the way they should be. According to Thierry Vrain in “Former Pro-GMO Scientist Speaks Out On The Real Dangers of Genetically Engineered Food”, “Inserting a gene in a genome using this technology can and does result in damaged proteins. The scientific literature is full of studies showing the engineered corn and soya contain toxic or allergenic proteins” (Vrain Par. 9). The human body works based on the proteins that come from the food you eat, and are crucially needed to help the body function. The proteins that you take in, work in different ways, some are used to build cardiac muscle or helps oxygen to every part of the body. Once the body begins taking these toxic proteins in, it will begin to break down the immune system your body has developed and will eventually leave you with no immune system leaving your body vulnerable to illness and diseases. Besides the health issues with proteins being genetically modified and causing health problems with the immune system, the amount of food allergies have increased as well. In an article by Organic Consumers Association, “GE Foods Can Cause Allergic Reactions”, “There is concern that GM foods pose an allergy risk. Currently the list of GM food products intersect with the eight most common food allergens: eggs, milk, fish, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat” (“GE Foods Can Cause Allergic Reactions” Par. 5). Children are now missing vital nutrients and having to turn to taking supplements for the proteins they are not receiving. It is not just children who are having to seek extra supplements for their dietary needs

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