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Genetically Modified Organisms

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Started: 3/6/2014 Category: Science
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Nat_Romaine23

Pro

If you are a person that is against Genetically Modified Organisms, then you are saying that you don"t want Genetically Modified Organisms foods like "rice with built-in Vitamin A that can help prevent blindness in 100 million children suffering from Vitamin A deficiency" or "an apple with a vaccine against a virus that causes childhood pneumonia." (According to http://www.actionbioscience.org...). Genetically Modified Organisms is a selective breeding process where the "organisms genetic material has been altered by means of genetic engineering." (According to http://dictionary.reference.com...). I think my topic is important because GMO can help out farmers a lot and helps out human life. GMO can help farmers because farmers don"t have to spend a lot of money on pesticides. GMO also helps out human life because GMO foods can prevent blindness and help stop genetic diseases, like childhood pneumonia. I strongly believe that genetically engineered foods should be used because it can really help out human life and help out children that suffer from blindness or childhood pneumonia. If you are not a supporter of Genetically Modified Organisms then you are saying that you don"t want to help out children around the world that suffer from blindness or childhood pneumonia and some of those children might be your own. I just want you to consider the following and think about all of the children that are killing because you are not supporting Genetically Modified Organisms.
jfeins

Con

How would you feel if the food you ate today destroyed your future?
Unfortunately this could be a reality with GMO"s. GMO stands for genetically modified organism. GMO"s can be anything from cows to corn. GMO"s are made to benefit our environment, but are they actually harming it? I believe that there should be more restrictions and testing done on GMO"s. Yes GMO"s can be helpful, but its when something untested inside of them goes wrong, it could ruin the agricultural economy. GMO"s are already a threat to the agricultural business of developing countries because they are not easily affordable.
Debate Round No. 1
Nat_Romaine23

Pro

Biotechnology affects human conditions because biotechnology can help prevent or stop some genetic diseases like blindness or childhood pneumonia. Also, biotechnology helps the environment because farmers don"t have to use a lot of pesticides and when farmers don"t use a lot of pesticides than oceans, streams, lakes, and rivers are a lot cleaner. One main benefit from biotechnology is reliance on less pesticides. When farmers don"t have to use a lot of pesticides, then farmers can keep oceans, streams, lakes, and rivers clean. When oceans, streams, lakes, and rivers are clean, then the drinking waters are a lot cleaner. When the drinking waters are a lot cleaner than more life"s are saved in underdeveloped countries like Africa.
jfeins

Con

It may be beneficial to use less pesticides and weed killers on plants, but what happens if that gene gets into plants its not supposed to in the wild? This has already happened before in Europe. Dangerous plants such as weeds that are usually easy to kill could become immune to our weed-killers.

GMO's are very dangerous because they lack testing. Inserting genes into plants without testing the effects can prove to be very dangerous if the gene leaks out into the wild.
Debate Round No. 2
Nat_Romaine23

Pro

Biotechnology affects human conditions because biotechnology can help prevent or stop some genetic diseases like blindness or childhood pneumonia. Also, biotechnology helps the environment because farmers don"t have to use a lot of pesticides and when farmers don"t use a lot of pesticides than oceans, streams, lakes, and rivers are a lot cleaner. A main benefit from biotechnology is preventing or stopping genetic diseases like blindness or childhood pneumonia. Has I have already said in my introduction, rice with built in Vitamin A can help prevent blindness and and apple with a built in vaccine can help stop childhood pneumonia. Both of these GMO foods can help save millions of life"s around the world.

Every since the weed killing happened in Europe we have been taking really good precautions. We have also been testing plants over and over again to make sure their is not any health risks.

I have some question to ask you. What do you think of rice with built in vitamin A that can help prevent blindness in 100 million children? What do you think of apples with built in vaccines that can stop childhood pneumonia?
jfeins

Con

GMO"s are very dangerous because they are so expensive. It is easy for countries such as the U.S, and China, and the continent of Europe to grow these plants because our economy is better than the economy of a developing country such as Ethiopia. These genetically modified crops could ruin the agricultural economy of these countries because their crops would not be able to compete with the "superior" GM crops. Also if you used these crops as edible vaccines, how would you control the amount that people consumed? More people could die from over-dosing on these vaccines. Instead of helping a whole population you could harm it even more. Also how could you tell (for example) a GM banana versus a regular banana?
Debate Round No. 3
Nat_Romaine23

Pro

Actually if you think about it it is going to be a lot easier for underdeveloped countries like Ethiopia to compete with the US, China, and the continent of Europe because since GM crops don"t need a lot of water, farmers in underdeveloped countries can grow and maintain GM crops a lot better than they are right now. Also, the US already gives aid to underdeveloped countries, like Ethiopia. Instead of the US giving underdeveloped countries 100 million dollars worth of grain, the US can help these underdeveloped countries set up GM crops. This way the US is giving aid to underdeveloped countries and at the same time helping out the agricultural industry of underdeveloped countries. Now the GM crops are affordable for everyone, even countries that have really bad economy's.

You would control the amount vaccines people consumed by making the GM bananas expensive, so then people would only buy the GM bananas that have vaccines in them only when they really needed it. Another, way you could control the amount of vaccines people consumed is by marking the bananas so that you can tell the difference between a GM banana and a regular banana. Again, I think that GM crops would help out human life because GM crops last a lot longer, GM crops also cure diseases like blindness and childhood pneumonia, and GM crops would be easier for farmers in underdeveloped countries to grow them because GM crops would not need a lot of water. If you weigh the risks and benefits, the risks are really low and the benefits are really high. Yes, there is going to be people out there that overdoes on medicine but a whole population isn"t going to overdose on medicine. Also, there is going to be millions of lives saved from diseases like hepatitis and polio. In general the benefits are a lot greater than the risks. If your country is suffering from diseases and there is a way to stop it, wouldn"t you do anything to help save lives of people that are suffering? Well I would, especially lives of people in my hometown, Ethiopia, that are suffering from diseases. I would like you to just consider what GM crops can do to help out human life and ask yourself "why not"?
jfeins

Con

GM foods can help prevent Disease in developing countries, but what if a new strand of disease were to develop from these GM vaccines? What if our bodies were not ready or had not developed immunity to some of the side affects of these GM vaccines? These are questions we have to ask ourselves, yet we still don"t know the answer. If more testing and research is done on these crops and the genes put into them there would no longer be concern over what they could do to us. The reason I say "do to us" only is because we are messing with evolution. Some of the plants and animals that we are messing with have adapted over thousands of years to live and thrive in its environment. What happens if you put a glow in the dark tuna back in the ocean? It becomes a very easy target for other fish. With the tuna out of an area"s food web, the whole system would fall apart. This is the major concern with GMO"s. Is what we are doing really right? Should we risk destroying what evolution has created? This is what you must ask yourself before you choose a side on this debate. We may save peoples life right now, but we could destroy the lives of tomorrow.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by jfeins 3 years ago
jfeins
It may be beneficial to use less pesticides and weed killers on plants, but what happens if that gene gets into plants its not supposed to in the wild? This has already happened before in Europe. Dangerous plants such as weeds that are usually easy to kill could become immune to our weed-killers. Also what if these diseases (such as Pneumonia) that you listed are immune to these new GM vaccines? With lack of testing how can we be certain that these new "edible vaccines" won"t make the disease worse or cause new problems? GMO's are very dangerous because they lack testing. There are way to many variables involved with GMO"s. Inserting genes into plants without testing the effects can prove to be very dangerous if the gene leaks out into the wild. Also this is a matter of ethics. Is it really right to mess with evolution?
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