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Genetically altered food

Environmental sctence

Genetically Altered Foods

It is quite evident that as technology advances m the scientific sense, we as Americans are becoming more interested. One of the conflicts that have raised concern here lately is that on genetically altered foods. By no surprise, one of the major questions of many is whether or not these foods are safe. As altered foods continue to be produced, we will begin to see much

controversy. As the growing industry expands, soils the research, not only nationally, but also


This topic has proven to be an environmental issue, particularly by the money that has been involved, as well as the concern for ones health. To the knowledge of most, the United States can

be very manipulative or should I say persuading, so therefore it doesn't take much on their part to

convince the regulators that the crops are safe. Those who protest have debated on a

list of concerns dealing with this issue. For example, one of which brings a question to the

environmental policies. It states that Stimulating the resistance of cslve use or such herbicides (Nature 559). "

A lot of concern has come from one certain crop and that is maize, which was altered to an extent. The development was done by a company known to be Swiss, called "Ciba-Geiby". That which was debated dealt with the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP) stating that "A gene resistant to the antibiotic ampicillin used in an early stage of the developmental process, could theoretically be passed to man via bacteria lodged in the gut of animals which eat the maize unprocessed (559)". In response to this attack, the company said that there would need to be a great amount of events that would have to take place. The transferring of DNA to the bacteria is just one of which was addressed. Therefore, the issue isn't settled. One then can only assume that until a hault is put on altering, the industry will keep producing.

My opinion is that as long as there has been no proof of illnesses with the experiments and procedures that have taken place, well then I am for it. So I'm no doubt in agreement with the farmers, who are doing this in an attempt to lower costs. The opinion is very much valid, because if you can cut cost and increase in yields, well then more power to you. Another positive aspect is, as of right now not a single soul has ended up being harmed. The opposing's opinion is valid also, though I think they are trying to look to much into the issue by critiquing it, instead of backing the agri-business by creating a line of trust.

I think that the farmers should continue to do what helps their livelihood, as long as no proof is found on dangers. If or when proof is found, I think the regulators should then step in and make some guidelines. So, if this is not hanning us and the environment, why not keep pursuing larger dollar signs?


Nature. "Distrust in Genetically Altered Foods" Vol. 303. 17 Oct 1996. issue 6601 pp. 559-60.

Miller, G.T. 1996, Sustainmg the Earth. Wadsworth Publishing Company, New York, NY.

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