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Analysis of Opposition Essay In the first paragraph of Congressman Bernard Sanders persuasive essay on genetically modified organisms uses shocking statistics to convince the reader the issue of genetic engineering effects everyone He points out that genetically engineered organisms are already on the table and the usage of GMOs genetically modified organisms is on the rise The intro paragraph has an emphasis on convincing the reader that they should be concerned about the information that they are about to read because GMOs are already in the products they use and in the foods they eat Paragraph two is devoted to illustrating examples of what genetically modified organisms are already being used for and are already capable of doing In a way he almost validates the pro-biotechnological standpoint in the first two paragraphs in that he shows uses of biotechnology and uses of the new science The paper takes a dramatic shift in paragraph three and four when the tone of the paper changes and becomes more precautionary He mentions an explosion of new technology that we need to perform more research on to determine long term implications His reasoning for showing percentages and uses for biotechnology in paragraphs one and two are to illustrate this unbridled explosion without in-depth research This tactic works in that it makes the reader inquire more as to why we should be so scared of this technology Paragraph four and five have an emphasis on showing that politicians have been slow to respond to the issues Bernard states that it is the job of government agencies to protect public health as well as the environment he believes that biotechnology is a threat to both He illustrates the point by showing that quite incredibly companies that produce GMOs are not required to do sufficient long term testing on their products He points out that the government recognizes GMOs as equivalent to naturally occurring products when they are
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