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Our Food is Genetically Manipulated Traditional agricultural is the controlled breeding of plants and animals to select new combinations of certain traits in livestock fruits and vegetables An organism with genes from another species is called genetically modified or GM in this paper I will discuss the pros and cons of GM products I will also talk about the controversy of this subject giving examples from countries all over the world There are some positive aspects of GM foods For example we could genetically alter foods so that they contain more nutrients This would especially benefit people who have vitamin deficiencies in malnourished countries Another example is bt corn There is a gene from a certain bacteria called bacillus thuringiensis BT that contains a protein to kill insects This has been used for the benefit of organic farmers crops as a natural pesticide Reasons to boycott GM foods vary Some are very logical Perhaps you have a food allergy to one plant-based food because of a certain protein it contains You could have an allergic reaction to a completely separate food product if it carries this product without proper labeling there would be no way of knowing Another concern is that tests that take place in the field may not adequately predict the effects of GM products on the ecosystem It comes down to the fact that we just dont know what might become of GM foods We dont know what the long-term effects may be People in the Orient the Southern Hemisphere and Europe have had enough and have already been taking matters into their own hands by refusing to permit genetically-altered crops in their soil Americans have not been as adamant about the refusal of the GM products Companies like Monsanto and Novartis flooded the world with genetically altered soybeans and corn They also have dairy products from cows treated with a genetically altered hormone
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