Ewan, I do not expect you to be convinced by any of my attempt at explanation, I am simply trying to give you a sense of how someone could be less than enthusiastic about what you are enthusiastic about.
Advertisement In Brief The vast majority of the research on genetically modified GM crops suggests that they are safe to eat and that they have the potential to feed millions of people worldwide who currently go hungry.
Yet not all criticisms of GM are so easily rejected, and pro-GM scientists are often dismissive and even unscientific in their rejection of the counterevidence.
A careful analysis of the risks and benefits argues for expanded deployment and safety testing of GM crops.
Robert Goldberg sags into his desk chair and gestures at the air. He is expressing despair at the relentless need to confront what he sees as bogus fears over the health risks of genetically modified GM crops.
Particularly frustrating to him, he says, is that this debate should have ended decades ago, when researchers produced a stream of exonerating evidence: But now anyone in this field knows the genome is not a static environment. Inserted genes can be transformed by several different means, and it can happen generations later.
Williams concedes that he is among a tiny minority of biologists raising sharp questions about the safety of GM crops. But he says this is only because the field of plant molecular biology is protecting its interests. Funding, much of it from the companies that sell GM seeds, heavily favors researchers who are exploring ways to further the use of genetic modification in agriculture.
He says that biologists who point out health or other risks associated with GM crops—who merely report or defend experimental findings that imply there may be risks—find themselves the focus of vicious attacks on their credibility, which leads scientists who see problems with GM foods to keep quiet.
Whether Williams is right or wrong, one thing is undeniable: Skeptics would argue that this contentiousness is a good thing—that we cannot be too cautious when tinkering with the genetic basis of the world's food supply.
To researchers such as Goldberg, however, the persistence of fears about GM foods is nothing short of exasperating. When we look carefully at the evidence for both sides and weigh the risks and benefits, we find a surprisingly clear path out of this dilemma.
Benefits and worries The bulk of the science on GM safety points in one direction. Take it from David Zilberman, a U. Berkeley agricultural and environmental economist and one of the few researchers considered credible by both agricultural chemical companies and their critics.
He argues that the benefits of GM crops greatly outweigh the health risks, which so far remain theoretical. It has raised the output of corn, cotton and soy by 20 to 30 percent, allowing some people to survive who would not have without it.
If it were more widely adopted around the world, the price [of food] would go lower, and fewer people would die of hunger.Dec 02, · a lot of people dont realized that GM food has been on grocery shelves of super markets for the pas 22 years and that there are the same type and quantity of pesticides on organic food and GM food.
It’s the World War I of food issues, and something’s gotta give. Labeling is unnecessary because GMOs are safe. This argument misses the point. all other genetically modified foods. Most people are conscious that they should eat healthy foods, high in protein, low in fat, containing the recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals, etc.
Food biotechnology sometimes leads to opposition from consumer groups and anti-biotechnology from activist groups. The Arguments for and against using genetically modified organisms in food production 11 November Genetically Modified Food Genetically modified foods (GMF) have foreign genes such as plants, animals and bacteria inserted into their genetic codes.
Introduction. Genetically modified, by definition, is a term denoting or derived from an organism whose DNA has been altered for the purpose of improvement or correction of defects. Genetically modified foods are foods that have been altered to enhance certain traits for the purpose of making them more desirable to consumers.
Since the. Kristi, I believed this as well after I watched Food Inc., which was my introduction to the strange world of GMOs.
At the time, I was staunchly against them, until I started discovering that most of what is said within these communities is simply not true.