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Food Irradiation

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Started: 4/10/2014 Category: Science
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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dante.w16

Pro

Food irradiation can be very beneficial by having less diseases caused by micro-organisms and less need for pesticides. It also decreased incidence of food-borne illness such as E-coil and salmonella. According betterhealth.vic.gov food irradiation can reduced spoilage in global food supply increased level of quality assurance in international trade of food products.
Jarrod15

Con

According to livestrong, many scientists say that if you expose food to too much radiatio, then mutations may occur. thus leading to more dangerous bacteria and diseases that may be on the food. Also acoording to livestrong website, many believe that long term use of radiation will cause adaptation of the bacteria microbes. UW-food-irraddiation also puts pout that the cost of food iradtiation costs a lopt more money than just regular processed food. This article said that the cost of food depending on what you get is estimated to jump about 3 to 5 cents, and the amount that you are wanting to buy. Nutrients is also a big issue when it comes to food irradiation, many poeple don't know how much vitamin D or other needed nutritional values are lost. So the porganic consumers website came out with informarion that stated when foods are exposed to radiation they lose 5 to 80% of there nutritional vakue, and that is a huge gap.
Debate Round No. 1
dante.w16

Pro

Common misconception is that food is radioactive. Radiation does not have gamma, electrons or x-rays of sufficient high energy to make food radioactive. No radioactive energy remains in the food treatment afterwards. So the thing is yes they do use to radiation to make food less harmful and have a longer shelf life but there's no radiation in the food as you consume it.
Jarrod15

Con

According to jurist.org the Food Administration Association (FDA) did not determine the amount of radiation that a certain type of food, or any type of food should have. Many scientists say that if the food is exposed to too much raditation then the food can be contaminated right then putting people at a higher risk of recieving the disease. The fda.gov website itself also put out information against food radiation, they have not said it first hand, but have hinted many times that people should watch the foods they consume. Finally the foodandwaterwatch.org website has said that although th radiationlevels do not stick with the food, small radiation levels can still effect the human body.
Debate Round No. 2
dante.w16

Pro

You got ensure that you cook your food properly because there is a risk that food could be contaminated after the irradiation has taken place. Consuming certain foods, including meant and eggs, you could be at a greater risk of being exposed to dangerous microorganism. Well because of food irradiation there will be less spoilage and extends shelf life on food. Another positive aspects of this process is that it kills significant amount of bacteria which farmers avoid to change process.
Jarrod15

Con

Many scientists also have the conception that food irradiation can ruin many vital things, like flavor, food, and texture. Food irradiation is said to change flavor, odor, and even texture and if foods go stale, are they bad for us, or as people want to think, it doesn't have too much radiation so it won't hurt e, but what if it does? The epa.gov website put information out there that came from the CDC, that states sometimes irradiation works, but not all the time and when it does not work it doesn't produce the smells that warn us that the product went bad. Finally mercola.com said that many times fruits and vegetables when exposed, there texture changes n a way that it becomes mushy.
Debate Round No. 3
dante.w16

Pro

According to edinformatic.com some foods naturally restricted from sales on the global market, unless they are irradiated to prolong quality for transportation. This is not new in life, food irradiation started Jan. 1992 and meat irradiation 1993 - approval was given 1985 for pork. Irradiation been approved for many uses in about 36 countries, in the U.S. Food and Drugs Administration(FDA) s approved irradiation.
Jarrod15

Con

Irradiating food like chicken meat, and others is misleading. Acoording to foodcomm.org many scientists have proved that mechanically recovered meat is safer, and that is misleading because it causes a lot of cross contamination. Another poinbt made by the same website stated that often times many people do not take the safety risks needed, becasue they are unaware of it, and recontamination of food after irradiation is very serious. Also many scientists say that not even all toxins produced by bacteria which irradiation is supposed to kill are not killed.
Debate Round No. 4
dante.w16

Pro

Does food still have nutritious? Yes, Physics.ius.edu states that whole some and nutritious. You do lose a small amount of nutritious but less then when freeze and cook. Food irradiation is a process involving passing foods through as irradiation filed; however, the food itself never contacts a radioactive substances. Also, the World Health Organization (WHO) states, "On the basis of the extensive scientific evidence reviewed, the report concludes that food irradiated to any dose appropriate to achieve the intended technological objective is both safe to consume and nutritionally adequate" So what are good reason why this is? To have better and safer products to sell o the people on Earth.
Jarrod15

Con

Food irradiation causes many disease, many of which are diarrheal. Oxfordjournals.org goes to prove that food irradation causes over 200 million cases of disease almost every year, but only 76 million of which are food borne and only 1,800 may result in death. Also physics.isu.edu stated in the article, that not all of the food is sterilized, so what is it? It is to the human body. Also it states that if we do not take the right precautions harmful bacteria may harm us, and how many poeple actually take the time to do so? Not many. Finally also stated by physics.isu.edu that if not prevented, the diseases may come come back and may be more dangerous than they were after the food irraditaion process. Or in other words, the bacteria on the irradiated food may become adapted and unable to kill.
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