Threats Of Frankenfood Essay

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Threats of Frankenfood Research
Are GM(genetically modified) foods a threat to our health? That’s what I wanted to find out with this research. I’m really concerned with what I’m ingesting because in essence, you are what you eat. I already have a hard time taking medicine simply because it’s not a natural substance, I don’t like to rely on anything I couldn’t find out in the wild. If foods start to be modified through scientific means, what will I do then? And if they’re dangerous to eat, then I’ll really have a problem.
The first article I came across titled “Playing With Our Food,” by Lisa Turner, is about the risks GMO’s pose not only to the consumer, but ...view middle of the document...

After reading this article, GM foods certainly worry me. Rats getting inflamed intestines from consuming genetically modified potatoes is rather disturbing, and the idea of fruits and vegetables being crossed with animal genes sounds distasteful personally. I agree with her claim that living organisms have complex structures, that when tampered with, have unpredictable results. Taking out a gene here and there and replacing them with something else may make exactly what the scientists want at one point, then mutate in the future. Hearing that GM crops may increase the risk for allergies is also concerning. I don’t have any allergies now, and I don’t want any later. In her article, Turner states that just about all corn, soy, and canola is genetically modified. So she suggests the best way to avoid GM foods is to stay away from foods with high fructose corn syrup, canola, or soy. The canola and soy seem to be avoidable, but high fructose corn syrup is in just about everything.
One of the next articles I came across talked not only about the dangers of GMOs but the reason why the science is being pursued. In the article titled “Genetic Engineering---What’s Germinating Now?,” by Cavaleri Franco, he starts off by stating that the purpose of genetic engineering is all about “control, power, and money.” Humans naturally want control over forces not normally within their control he continues. He then notes that the funds backing scientists creating patentable seeds are far larger than funds backing scientists researching environmental impacts. Long term effects of cross pollination of GMO plants and organic plants are unpredictable, and currently the average corn plant produces ten times the normal toxicity level, which humans are unable to metabolize says Franco. He claims we have no control over how these new genes will act when cross over into new species and new proteins produced by the genetically engineered plants may be recognized as our bodies as allergens. To support this claim he refers to an incident in which there was a mass recall of products made with a version of genetically modified corn that led to allergic reactions not abundant before. In this article Franco also takes note of the research done in the Rowett Research Institute in Scotland where rats fed genetically modified potatoes for a good amount of time grew at a noticeably different rate with serious physical and metabolic problems, and their brain and other organs also developed abnormally. Franco then refers to a strange unknown illness that popped up in 2002 named Morgellon’s disease. Conditions include fatigue, joint pain, skin irritation, lesions, and growing out of these sores are “blue fibers, white threads and black specks of granular material,” says Franco. In 2006 there were two-thousand reported cases and in 2007 ten-thousand cases, most from Texas, California, and Florida states the author. He then says that the fibers were...

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