The Instigator
WhiteWolfBlackMoon
Pro (for)
The Contender
Emilrose
Con (against)

Should GMOs be banned?

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Started: 10/10/2017 Category: Health
Updated: 9 months ago Status: Debating Period
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WhiteWolfBlackMoon

Pro

Should GMOs be banned? I think that they should. They cause many enviromental problems and are bad for human health.
Emilrose

Con

Debate accepted.

==Opening Argument==

Firstly, we should establish what the term 'GMO' actually means; and that is genetically modified organisms.

Genetically modified organisms, are extremely popular and widely-used within the food industry. If some of our foods were not modified, they would essentially be inedible, in addition to being very undesirable to view. To clarify and emphasize what I'm referring to, here are two photo comparisons between pre-genetically modified food and post-genetically modified food:

Ex.1) Banana



As can be seen below, genetically modified food has greater longevity as well:

Ex.2) Tomato




In the case of home-grown crops, it's estimated that 40% are genetically modified within the U.S, while 80% of processed food has also undergone genetic modification. [1.] https://www.livestrong.com...

For reasons of wanting to maintain a purely organic diet, there are indeed some people who prefer to avoid GMO's. However, this is simply a lifestyle choice, and one that is not based on any credible scientific evidence and/or reasoning.

In actual fact, the process of genetic modification does not cause crops and other types of food to be unhealthy or unsafe for consumption. All that occurs during this process is genetic engineering (I.E the infusion of new DNA into the produce/product).

It causes new traits to develop, which primarily affect the appearance and texture of the food(s) in question--in addition to making them more resistant to virus, bacterium and other dangerous micro-organisms, as well as chemical herbicides.

So, if anything, genetically modified foods are in all probability safer than organic foods. Thus, there is nothing wrong with them.
Debate Round No. 1
WhiteWolfBlackMoon

Pro

Genetically engineered foods have not been shown to be safe to eat and may have unpredictable consequences. When trans-fats were first introduced, corporations battled to get them onto your grocery shelves " and it is only decades later that this once novel food has been proven to be extremely unhealthful. Many scientists are worried that the genetically altered foods, once consumed, may pass on their mutant genes to bacterium in the digestive system.

Food items that contain GMOs are unlabeled in America. Why so sneaky? The European Union has banned GMOs, as have Australia, Japan, the UK and two dozen other countries that recognize that a lack of long term studies and testing may be hiding disastrous health defects. Why are we so dumb? If they have banned it why not us?

Genetically engineered foods have not been proven to be safe, but the few studies conducted don"t look so hot. The organs of rats who ate genetically modified potatoes showed signs of chronic wasting, and female rates fed a diet of herbicide-resistant soybeans gave birth to stunted and sterile pups. What is going to happen to us if we eat it? Will our children have the same effects?

So, Con . what do you have to say to that?
Emilrose

Con

It seems that Pro has failed to support their argument with any sources and has dropped *everything* from my own case; which obviously includes key points about the general use and need for GMO's, the process of genetically modifying foods, and why/how they are safe.
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Posted by Emilrose 9 months ago
Emilrose
I'll post my argument within the next hour or so.
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