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GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS A Formal Essay Genetic engineering is a set of new techniques for altering the basic makeup of plants and animals Genetically Modified Foods GFMs have been increasingly edging their way into the public eye The majority of processed foods in our grocery stores now contain engineered ingredients Questions are starting to arise on the possible health risks and adverse environmental affects that these novel foods pose With the new products ending up in farmers fields and on our plates everyday how do we know they are safe Many previous technologies have proved to have adverse effects unexpected by their developers DDT for example seemed to be an ideal chemical at the time of development Later it was found that it dangerously accumulated in fish and in turn thinned the shells of fish-eating birds like the eagle and osprey Even human children in the surrounding areas were born with serious and disfiguring birth defects resulting form the passing on of DDT infected DNA Another example of this is chlorofluorocarbons CFCs the miracle chemical These CFCs turned out to float into our upper atmosphere and destroy the ozone layer These ideal and miracle chemicals caused so much damage to our health and the environment what harmful effects might turn out to be associated with the use or release of genetically engineered organisms Could GMFs turn out to be just as deadly and dangerous as those It is not yet known of the potential adverse health risks that genetically engineered organism have on humans Most concerns lie within the growth and consumption of genetically engineered crops New allergens in transgenic crops can affect the health of sensitive individuals who would not know to avoid them Those most likely to be affected are young children senior citizens and those with weakened immune systems With human health risks it is unlikely that all potential risks have been identified In addition to posing risks of
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