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The term GM foods or GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) is most commonly used to refer to crop plants created for human or animal consumption that have been modified in the laboratory to enhance desired traits

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David Aziz EAE3UI-02 Mr. Gravelle April 18, 2011 Dig in to the Genetically Modified Future "Fear is the lengthened shadow of ignorance" (Arnold Glasow). The population has a fear of the unknown; they are uninformed about certain subjects which leads them to an irrational fear of the issue in question. That is the case with genetically modified foods. The term GM foods or GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) is most commonly used to refer to crop plants created for human or animal consumption that have been modified in the laboratory to enhance desired traits such as increased resistance to herbicides or improved nutritional content. This subject matter is highly debated for the simple reason that the public is not correctly informed about the positive side of these GM foods. If they were, they would know that genetically modified foods have the potential to solve many of the world's hunger and malnutrition problems and have many other benefits. ...read more.

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Nevertheless, there are still anti-GMO corporations who will speculate that the safety of genetically modified foods is unknown. However, a 2008 review published by the Royal Society of Medicine noted that GM foods have been eaten by millions of people worldwide for over 15 years, with no reports of ill effects. In truth, biotech crops undergo more testing and oversight before commercialization than any other agricultural products, including conventional crops. Also, many anti-GMO companies are not aware that genetically modified foods present the possibility of major health breakthroughs. For instance, vaccinating people with new edible vaccines will be a great promise. This revolutionary vaccine has many different advantages. These edible vaccines hold great potential, especially in Third World countries where transport costs, poor refrigeration and needle use complicates vaccine administration. Moreover, the vaccine production is cheaper and safer because there is no risk of contamination by used needles. ...read more.

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This is beneficial because the harmful and expensive chemicals used in pesticides that affect both the environment and the consumers are now eliminated. Furthermore, scientists predict that, in the future, Earth is going to experience major climate changes. With genetically modified plants, we are prepared to deal with this issue thanks to these strengthened organisms. With all the brilliant ideas related to genetically modified organisms, where is the downside? They can help solve problems such as world hunger and health issues with their efficiency and the ability to create edible vaccines. They help the environment in many ways and have the potential to solve huge problems that may appear in the future such as a severe climate change. Many people feel that genetic engineering is the inevitable wave of the future and that we cannot afford to ignore a technology that has such enormous potential benefits. With all this being said, what is there left to fear? ...read more.

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