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Genetically Modified Food

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Started: 4/9/2014 Category: Science
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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bgarn

Con

Unintentional harm on organisms - Even though the GMO's are intended to kill insects and pests sometimes innocent and endangered organisms are harmed. Genes are transferred from GMO's to weeds and and other plants, this causes these plants to kill or sicken un-targeted organisms. Pollen from a GMO corn plant infected milkweed plants which are the main food of Monarch caterpillars and butterflies which increased the mortality rate of these organisms unintentionally.
aleeamassmann

Pro

Think of all of the pesticides you would normally use on these plants, these kill the bugs and can harm us as well. With these modifications, it protects against diseases and can actually help not hurt, it does not kill any bugs, especially endangered organisms. (source: healthsearchfunding.org and ww.wisegeek.org) Without using the pesticides it helps the economy, no more pesticide, no more money spent on it. (ucsc.edu). We need to help our economy and this is one way that can save it in many ways
Debate Round No. 1
bgarn

Con

The pesticides may be dangerous but at least we know there effect on people. Russian National Academy of Science studied a rats offspring. Half of them were fed GMO soy and they died but the other half of the offspring fed organic soy only had 9% die. Also in India 10,00 sheep died within 5 to 7 days of eating GMO cotton plants.(naturalrevolution.org/gmo-resources/the-good-bad- and- ugly- about- gmos/)FDA scientist predict that eating GMO;s might cause hard to detect allergens, toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems, (www.webmd.com/food-recipes/ features/ are- bio-tech-foods-safe- to-eat)
aleeamassmann

Pro

Not all animals have the same digestive system as humans, the pesticides we use almost have the same consequences. Not all genetically modified foods have these horrible side effects, and the cotton was made to help the seed produce faster, and this will also help 3rd world countries in the fabric making. All the nutrient of the foods help the people in 3rd world countries. (iuns.org) these food help other people in America because of the nutrient level in all the food, the people will be able to eat less but get the same amount of protein, this will protect against malnourishment for people all around the globe.
Debate Round No. 2
bgarn

Con

GMO's are unhealthy for all organisms. Un- natural soy causes men to grow breast because they are filled with estrogen. The estrogen not only changes these males bodies but it feeds cancers that grow from estrogen. Bee's are dying off because of the GMO's pollen. This not only affects bees but it also harms plants and humans. Without bees pollen cannot travel to and from plants easily. Without the plants growing there is less oxygen for humans and other organisms to breath. Also numerous organisms have been killed and even though the affect on humans remains unknown the possible outcomes are negative according to scientists. ( GMO A GO GO- Truth about GMOs explained in new animated...).
aleeamassmann

Pro

That is only in certain foods, soy is one of the only ones like that, and they are trying to fix this problem. Most are nutrient filled and grow faster and bigger. Would you rather have a country full of men with boobs that are completely fed or another 3rd world country develop with hunger and starving children. This will help every one that has money problems, with these foods, they would have more nutrient and more parts food for them, this could almost eliminate all hunger problems. with more food , growing faster, and bigger. The cost of these foods would drop horribly fast and would help every one get the amount the food they need. (cnn.com). even in the USA these food could help every one homeless an starving.
Debate Round No. 3
bgarn

Con

How can GMO's help people and the economy if it is having a negative affect on them. Many people are put out of work because GMO"s which does not strengthen our economy but does the exact opposite. More than 20 farmers reported their pigs had become sterile, gave birth to bags of water, and had many false pregnancies (http://naturalrevolution.org...). How can they make money from that? Companies that make GMO"s also have the power to sue farmers whose crops where infected my GMO pollen. Even if the transfer of this pollen is from the wind or animals (http://www.nongmoproject.org...). Also when Japan found out the wheat they were sold had traces of GMO wheat they stopped buying wheat imports from the US.( http://www.unconventionalparents.com...). How are these modified plants are supposed to help when all they are doing is causing the country and citizens harm?
aleeamassmann

Pro

THere is a difference between starving and some hard side effects.this will help the econimi willbe effected because the money from the 3rd world contries will have more food and then give money to the contry. we need this money for the debate we are in.
Debate Round No. 4
bgarn

Con

B.T toxins go from corn plants and go on other plants. This contaminates them and causes the plants to have undesirable mutations. A foreign gene is placed in a plant cell at a random spot that can change or destroy parts of the plant cell at random this mutation can affect the GMO's negatively as well as the organisms that eat them. The bio- waste of GMO's destroys the environment. Weeds adapt and live longer and thrive while other plants are affected negatively and end up dieing. ((GMO)- Myths and Truths). Other non- genetically modified plants, humans, animals are harmed by GMO's whether the economy or body is directly affected. All in all GMO's are not good for organisms.
aleeamassmann

Pro

there are no allergies to these either they are good and can not hurt in that way. and allot of people are not informed of the real side effects of these foods http://naturalrevolution.org... . there are actually not that many bad side effects. yes there are some very nasty things about them but they are being fixed. More and more research is being done by the scientist trying to help the earth and what is growing. the gmos are not made to be bad things, they are made to help. when did something ever just become perfect the first time... never. they are being fixed, they will be fixed and when they are, many world problems will be solved. so all together they aren't that bad, the nutrient, taste, quality, how fast, will help so the gmos are a good thing and helping the environment.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by foreverkayleigh 2 years ago
foreverkayleigh
I like how the con brings so many aspects into the argument. She takes health and economy and makes us think about the outcome of the GMF. I am on the con side and the pro side seemed to have a lack of relevant points. Kayleigh Saal per.5
Posted by nLane87 2 years ago
nLane87
I believe that genetically modified food is a benefit for us. No one wants to buy produce that contains pests or even a trace of that pest. The built in pesticides in the crops get rid of these unwanted insects. Both of the sides have strong evidence.
Nyome Lane P.5
Posted by Munchin_Mitch 2 years ago
Munchin_Mitch
Mitch H.
Period 5
I wish i could say that this argument has changed my mind but being the thick headed person that i am i believe thoroughly that GMOs could be substantially beneficial to our survival and our ever increasing population if perfected. I believe that at this moment the pros and cons of this situation are even and ion balance some may say more so weighed towards the con side but in future of the world GMOs are one of our few hopes.
Posted by blazin_asian 2 years ago
blazin_asian
I agree with the con side because why are you going to modify foods that have been fine for thousands of years. ( Tristan Martinez p.5
Posted by PreciousC 2 years ago
PreciousC
I agree with the con side; I think genetically modified food is created to solely benefit humans and we don't really think of how these modifications can harm other organisms. I do understand the benefits of genetically modified foods, but they only seem to benefit human desires.
Posted by ajawesomesauce 2 years ago
ajawesomesauce
ajawesomesauce
i agree with the Pros because they are backed up with alot of information. the links are very credible and also they have statistics. the Cons have alot of good points but when it comes to it i believe that the Pros were alot better than the Cons
Anthony D period 5
Posted by ajawesomesauce 2 years ago
ajawesomesauce
i agree with the Pros because they are backed up with alot of information. the links are very credible and also they have statistics. the Cons have alot of good points but when it comes to it i believe that the Pros were alot better than the Cons
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