Hitosu Nakamura
Nov 1 · Last update 4 mo. ago.

What are the pros and cons of GMO foods ?

Scientists have tried to develop better foods which is strong against climate change or insects and at the same time, nutritious. These kinds of great foods had been expected for a long time. Recent scientific development made it possible for this to be true. That is GMO foods. GMO means genetically modified organisms. Though this sounds fantastic invention, it has been worried because of its potential influence on human body. Some may believe GMO foods are great and healthy , others may claim the opposite.
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Con: GM crops have a negative impact on soil health
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Pro: GM food can solve some issues that we currently have no better solution for
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Cons : we should not use GMO foods because it is harmful for both human body and ecosystem.
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Pros: we should use GMO foods because it will bring some global and economic benefits.
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Con: GM crops have a negative impact on soil health

If GM foods are used to make foods appear fresher for longer it may not address issues of nutrition or food shortages, as micronutrient content may decrease in long shelf life food, while GMO foods place a greater demand on ecosystems, in particular soils. Genetic modifications could therefore be used to help conceal old food and effectively boost agricultural profits, which could lead to companies taking greater risks to boost profits, while people eat less fresh produce. Furthermore the more pressing current issue with agriculture is environmental issues such as water supply and drought, GMO foods will in fact strain these resources further and worsen environmental issues. We should instead be striving to better understand and live within the limitations of nature, growing and feeding the world more sustainably. Instead of using genetics to place greater demands on nature, effort should instead go into increasing understanding of ecosystems and nutrient cycles and instigating more holistic farming practices.

References: • Genetically Modified Crops: The Trouble Is In The Soil wakeup-world.com/2016/04/15/genetically-modified-crops-the-trouble-is-in-the-soil • GM crops promote superweeds, food insecurity and pesticides, say NGOs theguardian.com/environment/2011/oct/19/gm-crops-insecurity-superweeds-pesticides • Impact of GM Crops on Soil Health isaaa.org/resources/publications/pocketk/57/default.asp • GE Crops and Unsustainable Agricultural Practices are Destroying our Planet’s Soil and Food Supply articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/01/12/ge-crops-affect-soil-fertility.aspx

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Daniel Halliday
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Pro: GM food can solve some issues that we currently have no better solution for

Humanity we will inevitably have to use GM foods if human population growth and climate change are left unchecked, GMO foods are widely considered to be the future of low emission sustainable industrial farming. This shouldn't be that worrying, few, if none, of the crops we rely on for food existed in the natural world and all have been selectively bred in order to give higher yields or to change the plant altogether, which in itself constitutes genetic modification just using a smaller intra-species genetic selection. GMO foods could potentially lead to low environmental impact foods that are more sustainable or require fewer resources, enabling more people to eat from less, less land being used for agriculture, allowing for less waste and more land to be used for carbon sequestration. More than just merely beneficial genetic modification in food may be an imperative reality for future sustainability.

References • Scientific consensus on GMO safety and climate change skepticalraptor.com/skepticalraptorblog.php/scientific-consensus-on-gmo-safety-climate-change • Scientists think GMO crops may help us deal with climate change pri.org/stories/2016-01-13/researchers-around-world-are-exploring-how-gmo-technology-might-boost-food • How GMOs Help Us Address Climate Change forbes.com/sites/gmoanswers/2016/09/29/gmos-help-address-climate-change/#77ef016638e6 • Bill Nye Explains Selective Breeding and GMOs youtube.com/watch?v=cn-cNChLuKM

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Daniel Halliday
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Cons : we should not use GMO foods because it is harmful for both human body and ecosystem.

We should not use GMO foods for three reasons. First, it is harmful for human body. It is hard to deny the danger of taking GMO foods into the human body. Recent research shows the experiment using rats. Some unnatural symptoms are recognized on rats’ body; unnatural stains like skin cancer and swellings. It suggests similar symptoms would appear when the human body take this. Also, if we stop eating GMO foods, it might be difficult to avoid taking it completely because GMO foods would be used to raise livestock such as cattle and sheep. Second, it is harmful for nature. GMO foods is strong against diseases and apt to survive compared to non-modified species. This means the GMO species would survive while the local breed would die. This would potentially harm the whole ecosystem. 

References ・What are the pros and cons of GMO foods? medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324576.php ・GMOs: Pros and Cons healthline.com/health/gmos-pros-and-cons ・遺伝子組換え技術を使うと消費者にどんなメリットがあるのですか。 jba.or.jp/top/bioschool/seminar/q-and-a/qa_06.html ・「遺伝子組み換え」の安全性とは? なぜ賛否両論を巻き起こしているのか smartagri-jp.com/management/114 ・遺伝子組み換えとは?メリット・デメリットをやさしく解説 xn--u9ju62pwkuy5j.com/tidbits/genetic-recombination

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Hitosu Nakamura
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References ・What are the pros and cons of GMO foods? https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324576.php ・GMOs: Pros and Cons https://www.healthline.com/health/gmos-pros-and-cons ・遺伝子組換え技術を使うと消費者にどんなメリットがあるのですか。 https://www.jba.or.jp/top/bioschool/seminar/q-and-a/qa_06.html ・「遺伝子組み換え」の安全性とは? なぜ賛否両論を巻き起こしているのか https://smartagri-jp.com/management/114 ・遺伝子組み換えとは?メリット・デメリットをやさしく解説 http://xn--u9ju62pwkuy5j.com/tidbits/genetic-recombination/

Pros: we should use GMO foods because it will bring some global and economic benefits.

We should use GMO foods for three reasons. First, about the danger, it has been said that no specific proof of bad influence on human body is validated. Numbers of experiments has been carried out so far and no serious results are shown.  Second, GMO foods would bring an end to the global food crisis. GMO foods need shorter time to inherit desirable traits (tolerance toward insects and herbicides) compared to species improvement as in the past. This means we can speed up the flow of food and bring it to the place in need.  Third, the quality of GMO foods is better than non-GMO foods. For example, in the US, GMO tomato is now on sale, which provides better taste. The flavor and taste had been once lost during transportation from a tomato growing district to local supermarkets. New GMO technology enables this tomato to be kept fresh by controlling its period of ripeness. We can see these examples rather than tomatoes. In conclusion, it is advised that we have GMO foods in our daily life.

References ・What are the pros and cons of GMO foods? medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324576.php ・GMOs: Pros and Cons healthline.com/health/gmos-pros-and-cons ・遺伝子組換え技術を使うと消費者にどんなメリットがあるのですか。 jba.or.jp/top/bioschool/seminar/q-and-a/qa_06.html ・「遺伝子組み換え」の安全性とは? なぜ賛否両論を巻き起こしているのか smartagri-jp.com/management/114 ・遺伝子組み換えとは?メリット・デメリットをやさしく解説 xn--u9ju62pwkuy5j.com/tidbits/genetic-recombination

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Hitosu Nakamura
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References ・What are the pros and cons of GMO foods? https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324576.php ・GMOs: Pros and Cons https://www.healthline.com/health/gmos-pros-and-cons ・遺伝子組換え技術を使うと消費者にどんなメリットがあるのですか。 https://www.jba.or.jp/top/bioschool/seminar/q-and-a/qa_06.html ・「遺伝子組み換え」の安全性とは? なぜ賛否両論を巻き起こしているのか https://smartagri-jp.com/management/114 ・遺伝子組み換えとは?メリット・デメリットをやさしく解説 http://xn--u9ju62pwkuy5j.com/tidbits/genetic-recombination/
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