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Are genetically modified organisms, such as certain strains of corn, soybeans, and other farm fare, as safe as the general public is led to believe?

Are genetically modified organisms, such as certain strains of corn, soybeans, and other farm fare, as safe as the general public is led to believe?
  • Yes They Are

    Every major scientific organization has voiced unqualified support for genetically modified foods. Some of these foods provide essential nutrients to children in third world countries that without these foods are hundreds of times more likely to go blind. So, they are safe and they are miraculous, yet some still ignorantly disparage them.

  • Yes, genetic modification of food does not compromise the safety of the food, because we've been eating it for years, with no adverse side effects.

    Corn is a genetically modified organism, and has been for the last 2000+ years. The addition of pest-resistant enzymes and proteins from other strains of corn are just shortcuts to a very long and drawn out process. There also has been no real studies showing genetically modified foods to contain any toxic components. As a matter of fact, most genetically modified foods that do contain toxins have these toxins removed by the same process that modifies them.

    Posted by: GlisteningNelson
  • I don't see how genetically modified plants could be dangerous if they have no dangerous genes.

    As long as the plant's OWN genes are being engineered to make them better, I don't see how they could be dangerous. Corn for example has no primitive, aggressive recessed genes nor does it have any kind of poison that could be enhanced or altered. As long as no other genes are introduced, I don't see a problem.

    Posted by: CeIIoBurke
  • I do not consider genetically modified food to be unsafe, because they are only enhanced, and not changed.

    There are a variety of things that can be harmful to us. However, I do not consider genetically modified vegetables to be one of them. This is because, when these crops are being modified, they are only enhancing the genetic traits that already occur naturally in the fruit or vegetable.

    Posted by: IoweAim
  • Genetically-modified organisms are far less safe than the general public is led to believe, because the lack of genetic diversity in staple crops can lead to massive crop failures.

    When natural genetic diversity is artificially suppressed, crops are far more vulnerable to changes in environmental conditions. Changes in climate, or new plant diseases, take a far greater toll on a genetically-identical plant population than on a natural population where some portion of the group will have a natural advantage. When staple crops are involved, this becomes a terrible danger. Massive failure of crops like corn and wheat would have dramatic and injurious effects on the national economy.

    Posted by: UriahDoom
  • Absolutely, their is no greater control than genetic material.

    In fact, genetically engineered food may be safer than conventionally grown farm products. Having total control over the plants genetic sequence allows the food to be free from genetic defects. It also allows the food to be programmed to survive harsh conditions without the use of pesticides or fertilizers, or to be resistant to certain types of bacterial infection. These are the actual culprits when it comes to health concerns.

    Posted by: SpoiledKris
  • Yes, genetically modified farm goods are safe for consumption, they have been created out of years of scientific research and development.

    Genetically modified farm food is quite safe for human consumption. Scientific involvement in food engineering has created a multitude of food products which are grown using the best parts of the genetic code of the plants increasing their nutritious value for humans and assuring safe consumption. Genetic modification is merely one step further from the old fashioned method of "splicing" plants to create "better" ones. Farmers have been transplanting and mixing plant organisms for generations to create healthier and more viable food products. With genetic engineering techniques, this process has become even more useful to the food production community. It helps to eradicate plant diseases, creates hardier plants and enhances the nutritional value of the final product.

    Posted by: A Terrell 88
  • Yes, genetic modification is not inherently dangerous.

    Genetic mutations occur in nature all the time. Every plant and every animals has a unique genetic code. Simply because scientists choose genetic code that leads to cheaper and better food doesn't mean the food is dangerous. In fact, they could achieve the same result by selective breeding: it would just take longer and be more expensive.

    Posted by: 5h4bbyCorr
  • It is bad for human's health

    God create such a amazing world, we cannot understand the principle of the world we live. How can human destroy the 'rules' of the natural. Therefore the natural thing must also be the best things in the world.And there are also some evidence can show us the disadvantage of the GMO

  • It is bad for human's health

    God create such a amazing world, we cannot understand the principle of the world we live. How can human destroy the 'rules' of the natural. Therefore the natural thing must also be the best things in the world.And there are also some evidence can show us the disadvantage of the GMO

  • genetic engineering is unhealthy

    we see that every day people are suffering from obesity and deseases from consuming genetically engineered foods and its precisely because of all the changes done to that food that cause unpredicting effects on the people such as new deseases and there has been various examples of the appearance of new and deadly deceases like the e coli virus that came from eating cows that are feed genetically engineered corn.

  • We are only seeing the tip of the iceberg with genetically modified materials, as they are unsafe.

    When it comes to consumption of genetically modified foods and products, we do not yet know what it is doing to us. It is a highly unstable situation. There is not yet enough research about it. We are contaminating mother nature's contribution to the world, and it is scary. We seriously have only begun to scrape the surface on how dangerous we are living right now, with the use of things such as GMOs.

    Posted by: PointlessElbert47
  • Many genetically-modified foods are safe, but there needs to be more strident testing for new crops.

    I've been reading a lot on GMO foods lately, and it appears there's at least a theory or two out there that genetically-modified crops might contribute to the increase in food allergies in the United States populace. As there are considerably more allergies in the United States, in comparison to other countries, it is worth investigating.

    Posted by: ExoticCurt
  • There is no way to know for certain that GMO's are as safe as the public is led to believe because the long term effects are unknown.

    Genetically Modified Organisms, also known as GMO's, are an attempt by mankind to improve on nature. A vast majority of GMO's are focused on herbicide tolerance. This allows the spraying of herbicides to control weeds by both commercial animal feed producers and vegetable growers for human consumption. The increasingly widespread use of GMO's by these commercial operations have made it almost impossible for the consumer to escape from the unknown effects of GMO's. GMO's are constructed by the turning on or off of certain gene pairs within the DNA structure of the host organism. Some use the introduction of foreign DNA into the host to achieve the desired result. There has not been enough time to properly study the long term effects this technology may have on animals, humans or the environment. Attempting to control the natural order without fully understanding the possible consequences is foolhardy.

    Posted by: FPeyton
  • Genetically modified organisms are not as safe as the general public has been led to believe.

    Genetically modified organisms are not as safe as the general public has been led to believe because the genetically modified organisms have not been around long enough to study the long term effects. Over the past 40 years there has been a spike in autism, type 2 diabetes and obesity, and we are just now looking for the causes. Long term effects of dietary changes take generations to identify.

    Posted by: jackprague94
  • No, many scientists are extremely leery of such genetically modified foods and wonder at the long term effects.

    These strains should not be produced on a widespread basis until more research is done on their long term effects. Common sense tells you that these genetically altered organisms must be thoroughly researched and proved safe for human consumption before being introduced into the public food market. It has potential health problems written all over it and companies producing such Frankenstein-foods need to do their homework.

    Posted by: NettN355
  • No, genetically modified organisms are unsafe.

    Genetically modified organisms are unsafe because such alterations go against nature and whenever humans go against nature in such ways, there are almost always negative consequences. What is natural is what is best for our bodies. Genetically modified foods are similar to processed foods in that they are not what our bodies need to flourish and grow.

    Posted by: AlexiaD
  • As the terminology implies, genetically modified organisms, can never be safe, whether the general public is led to believe it is, or not. Anything modified by scientists, or man, can be construed as dangerous and unnatural, as common sense would imply.

    The creator of the universe, or nature, however you would like to look at it, has created balance. Human beings on the other hand have obstructed it. We have added DNA and cross bred so many crops, as if we were God or nature ourselves. To modify the genetics of something, the original structure, is toying with nature, and to say there is no consequence of genetically modifying something is irrational. We wouldn't have coined the phrases "going green" or "organic" if we had left nature alone in the first place. We continue to play God/nature/the creator.

    Posted by: babyshop

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