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Genetically Modified Organisms in Developed and Developing Countries

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Genetically Modified Organisms

Maya Akdemir

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What Is It?
In the past 30 to 50 years there has been a major increase in the demand for food. There was no possible way to Mother Nature could feed all of these hungry stomachs. As technology developed the human race came up with an idea that could save us all. But further studies show that it could do the exact opposite. GMO’s are artificially manipulated living organisms. These new creations include unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that cannot be found in nature or through he orthodox methods of crossbreeding.

Why Don’t We Want It?
Almost all commercial GMO’s are created to resist any application of insecticide and/or herbicide. Despite the initial promises and goals for GMO’s, the biotech industry has not created or manufactured a product which prevents drought, increased agricultural supply, amplified nutrition or anything to the customers sake. An increased amount of evidence states that

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GMO’s are linked to series of health problems, damage toward the environment and several violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.

Another Point Of View
Contrary to the belief that GMO’s immolate human health for the sake of personal profit, there is another point of view. The point of view of starving children, and people losing their lives due to malnutrition. Genetical engineers are well aware of the down sides of the extra calories in the produces but there are people on this planet who could use the extra weight. GMO’s offers a huge potential for increasing food production and the nutrients inside in a environmentally kind way. Those who oppose to GM crops are consumers who are unaware of the horror of starvation. They refuse to acknowledge the perks of the newly developed technology which would lower food prices and create higher access to nutrition. Environmental groups and consumer associations believe that the environment comes first and that the GM crops are not worth the damage. They neglect to empathise with those whose sole pur-

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pose in life is to find food and survive. We only have one world and one life. Why should we get to enjoy it more than others?

GMO’s in Developing Countries
It is impossible to say that all of us were born with the same opportunities therefore it would be ridiculous to say we all have the same needs when nations who are against GMO’S have a disappointingly high rate of obesity and could loose a few pounds whereas countries with high death rates due to malnutrition (stated in the map below) really need all the nutrients they can get from what ever they can get. Developing countries’ governments suffer from the prejudice that they choose to not develop their countries economically etc. Running is not an option when walking is barely possible. Every country has their own reasons for struggling. Haiti and other countries struck by natural disasters are still trying t get back on their feet. The country’s foundation was struck, we cannot expect it bounce back so soon. War countries such as Syria, Libya and Yemen are also struggling to feed their citizens. GMO’s are needed in these countries. Food is not a delicacy or a social event for the people of these nations (and many

more). Food is what they
need in order to survive.
The biotech industry has
created the opportunity to

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solve the problem.

GMO’s in Developed Countries
Economically independent countries have privileges that developing countries don’t. They get to focus on art, sports and hobbies. While food is
so hard to find for some people, for us it is a social event, it is our comfort, it is many things . Including illness. It’s no secret that GMO’s make us fat. The biggest target for this over consumerism is America. This country is constantly criticised and mocked for its constant consuming of energy, food and land. Not only do they consume but they waste. About 80% of the foods Americans buy are thrown out. 80% of food that could’ve been used to help starving children. We constantly hear jokes on TV about obesity in the States or read about how they have embraced fast food as a regular diet. The devastating statistics show us that 68% of Americans are over weight and 34% are obese. Centre for Disease Control data shows us that obesity rates have spiked dramatically since the early 90’s. There are other countries

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such as Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago who have very high obesity rates but America

English woman trying to be the fattest per
son alive, being fed by her boyfriend

seems to have taken it to the
next level.

Finally
Some countries need GMO’s and some don’t. The distribution of GMO products can be supervised and that way it won’t be shared with countries that don’t need it. Whether we are over weight or malnourished our body is a temple that need to be taken care of. It is a machine that has to be well oiled. If we feed it things that will rust it down, it will. So lets say there is a line of starvation. Much like the poverty line, this under the line are those who starve and need food whereas those above the line are well fed. GMO products are a plus to those under the line where as Citi is a big minus of those above. Once the people below the line get to a certain point GMO’s will start to be bad for them as wll. Which is a good thing. That means they have gained weight and are full of nutrition.Leverage has ceased to exist before but now, when food and water is short, it must. We mustn’t only think of ourselves in

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this world, we must also think of the mother sacrificing her food for her children. All we have is one life so why not spend it by developing yourself and others?

References :
"MALNUTRITION DEATH RATE BY COUNTRY." World Life Expectancy. Web. 17 Apr. 2015. <http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/cause-of-death/malnutrition/by-country/>.

"Why GMOs Matter -- Especially for the Developing World." Grist. 22 Jan. 2014. Web. 17 Apr. 2015. <http://grist.org/food/why-gmos-do-matter-and-even-more-to-the-developingworld/>. "GMO Facts." The NonGMO Project RSS. Web. 17 Apr. 2015. <http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/> "Sen. Donna Nesselbush: Three Quarters of Processed Foods Have Genetically Modified Organisms." @politifact. Web. 17 Apr. 2015. <http://www.politifact.com/rhode-island/statements/2015/mar/22/donna-nesselbush/sen-donna-nesselbush-three-quarters-processed-food/ >.

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"Top 5 Most Visited African Cities 2013." The Top 5 Countries with the Most Hunger. Web. 17 Apr. 2015. <http://top5ofanything.com/list/09a17b00/Countries-with-the-Most-Hunger>.

"DIABETES MELLITUS DEATH RATE BY COUNTRY." World Life Expectancy. Web. 17 Apr. 2015. <http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/cause-of-death/diabetes-mellitus/by-country/>.

"Obesity and Overweight." WHO. Web. 17 Apr. 2015. <http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs311/en/>.

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