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Consuming Food From Genetically Modified Organisms Is Essential To Human Life

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Started: 6/30/2017 Category: Science
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Debating Period
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*1st round is for acceptance.
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Full Resolution
Consuming food from genetically modified organisms is essential to human life.

Has 3 rounds, each with 10,000 characters and 3 days per post, to affirm the full resolution.

After accepting 1st round, has 3 rounds, each with 10,000 characters and 3 days per post, to negate the full resolution.


consuming - eating, drinking, ingesting, or absorbing.

food - any nutritious substance that people eat or drink or absorb in order to maintain life and growth.

from - indicating the raw material out of which something is manufactured.

genetically - in a way that relates to genes or genetics.

modified - transformed from its original anatomical form during development or evolution.

organism - an individual animal, plant, or single-celled life form.

essential - absolutely necessary or extremely important.

human - relating to or characteristic of humankind.

life - living things and their activity.

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I accept this debate.
Debate Round No. 1


Thanks for accepting the debate, Con.
Also, thanks for agreeing to the definitions.
Genetically modified organisms account for all of the biodiversity of life on Earth.
They also make for essential food sources.


There are perhaps few processes more essential to human life than digestion, because digestion is the sole means by which our cells metabolize energy from the outside world.
During digestion, our bodies absorb essential compounds like amino acids, fats, and carbohydrates, all of which can only naturally come from genetically modified organisms.

If metabolism is essential to human life, digestion is essential to metabolism, food is essential to digestion, and essential compounds in our food essentially come from genetically modified organisms, then genetically modified organisms are essential to human life.

*Food Sources*

While you may be able to get some sodium or potassium from rocks or dirt, you cannot get proteins, fats, and carbohydrates without food from genetically modified organisms.

Think about what you ate today.
Aside from the water, salts, and some minerals, everything you ingested today was derived directly or indirectly from genetically modified organisms, from the oatmeal in your breakfast to the chicken in your dinner.

I challenge Con to find foods essential to human life that are NOT directly/indirectly derived from genetically modified organisms, excluding water, salts, and minerals.

*Genetically Modified*

All living organisms on Earth are genetically modified from their evolutionary ancestors, and these organisms are what compose our food, which is essential to human life.
Therefore, I affirm.

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Posted by MagicAintReal 2 years ago
Except that wouldn't be an actual challenging of an assumption in the resolution.
Whether or not human life is essential isn't manifested in the statement "consuming food is essential for human life."
Even if you run the kritik that life isn't necessary/essential, it wouldn't challenge any assumption in the resolution and would not work for this debate.
Posted by PowerPikachu21 2 years ago
Sadly, I think Con fell for the trap. But I definitely could imagine someone turning this debate on its head by arguing that life itself isn't necessary. We're just a pawn in God's game. I probably should've build this argument myself while I had the chance.
Posted by Cobalt 3 years ago
I don't think I'd mind Con on this one. What set of definitions would you like to use and what burden requirements do you prefer?
Posted by MagicAintReal 3 years ago
Pro, most definitely.
Posted by Cobalt 3 years ago
That's a topic I'm interested in. Which side so you prefer taking?
Posted by MagicAintReal 3 years ago
Ok. How about abiogenesis?
Posted by Cobalt 3 years ago
What's a topic that you really enjoy debating? I'm partial to science based debates.
Posted by MagicAintReal 3 years ago
What would you like the rematch's topic to be?
Posted by PowerPikachu21 3 years ago
I agree with Cobalt. The definitions obviously make it seem like MagicAintReal's going to be talking about evolution rather than actual GMOs. Though... I kind of want to make a kritik by saying human life isn't essential.
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