Genetically modified foods have become a topic of much debate in our current world. Some countries are pro GMOs and some nations are strongly against. Genetically modified foods aren’t simply a matter of preference of one thing over another, many people are becoming worried that the food supply is going to ultimately become irreversibly changed.
Some corporations are genetically modifying their crops so as to keep them from producing new seeds. These “terminator seeds” as they’ve been called, are only able to produce one year’s worth of crops. They don’t produce seeds to plant new crops. What is the point of that, you ask? That is a good question. It’s pretty much just business. If a farmer can’t produce his own seed for replanting, he needs to keep coming back to the seed company year on year to purchase more seed.
That’s the main point of it. But try to imagine for a moment if all farmers were using seed that couldn’t replicate itself. What if there was a catastrophe and the seed were no longer available. We would have no crops left. We’d be facing global starvation.
That is the reason why so many have become outraged. Simply to make a couple of dollars, food corporations have begun to change the nation’s food system in doubtless dangerous ways and to in debt farmers into their seeds. There’s heightening concern that GMOs will finally lead to a major food crisis.
Others are strong supporters of genetically modified foods, arguing that through modification, GMOs have the potential to feed the entire world. While that argument does have some importance, it ought to be noted that there’s already enough resources to feed the entire world without GMOs. Our government pays farmers not to grow crops to attempt to subsidize them. The reason why the world is still hungry is perhaps more due to oppressive governments and controlling warlords who wouldn’t permit food to the poor in their nations regardless of if supplies were airlifted in.
Genetically modified foods pros and cons must be weighed carefully, so that mankind can come to an agreement about how to proceed. If you’re interested in food and health, take a look at the new research on acid alkaline balance in the body.
The term genetically modified organisms (GMO) is most commonly referred to a process where genetic engineering techniques have made specific changes to the DNA of a crop plant grown for human or animal consumption. These modifications are intended to introduce traits such as increased resistance to herbicides or improved nutritional content. Typically, genetically modified foods are transgenic plant products such as soybean, corn, canola, and cotton seed oil.