Articletitle: AreEngineered Foods Evil?
A lot of naïve science has been pushing for genetic engineering.
Three decades ago, little was known about genetic engineering.
In an attempt to protect molecular biology interests, minority of biologists are opposed to genetic engineered foods.
Numerous researching funding originate from companies selling genetically modified seeds used in agriculture.
Thus, lead scientist keep quite about problems associated with genetically modified foods.
Some scientists argue that the benefits of genetically modified foods outweight the health risks.
Climate change and increased population would increase the demand for food in future, genetically modified foods provides an important option to stable food supply.
Use of genetically modified foods in agriculture is at infancy stage with only a tenth of the world cropland.
Fears associated with genetically modified foods dates back to 1970s, although selective breeding in agriculture is not a new idea.
In contrast to selective breeding, genetic modification involves inserting a gene from another organism genome to introduce desired characteristics.
Questions have been raised on whether altered genes have an impact on the human genetic makeup.
Proponents of genetically modified foods argue that people have consumed genetically engineered products for many years without health issues directly linked to it.
On the other hand, opponents have some scientific studies that highlight potential safety issues.
Some people have argued that opposition to genetically modified foods is political rather than scientific.
However, all concerns about health risks of genetically modified foods can not dismissed.
Publication of health risks of genetically modified products directly attacks the reputation of science.
Genetically modified products are inevitable, but there is a need for continuous testing and improvement on the safety of genetically modified foods.
Therehas been a political as well as scientific debate on the safety ofgenetically modified foods. There are several benefits as well ashealth risks that are associated with application of molecularbiology and genetic engineering in food production. With theincreased population and climate change, genetically modifiedproducts have been identified as the main technology that will feedthe future world. On the other hand, proponents have argued that thegenetic engineering will have an impact on the human genetic make upresulting into health risks.
Geneticallymodification remains one of the most contentious issues in modernscience. There are numerous benefits that are associated withgenetically modified organisms in regards to food production.However, genuine health risks and concerns have been raised.
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Thearticle looks at different applications of genetically modifiedproducts, especially in agriculture and how scientists have respondedto different issues associated with it.
Thearticle also looks at the controversies surrounding new technologiesand inventions, especially if they have a direct impact on humanlife.
Aregenetically modified foods safe for human consumption?
Dothe alleged risks overweight the benefits?
Whatneed to be done to increase the safety of genetically engineeredfoods?