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Bioengineered Foods: Friend or Foe? Your task was to design a persuasive pamphlet in support of or in opposition to the mandatory labeling of genetically altered food based on scientific evidence. You used various sources to support your stance, carefully considering the credibility of those sources.
What are genetically modified foods? They are foods that look altogether “normal” in all respects, yet they are genetically different. Inside their DNA – the genetic code that determines the way they look, feel, and taste is an extra gene. Bioengineers are using gene-splicing technology to add this gene to developing crops and foods.
Why have bioengineers developed genetically modified foods (GMF)? ..as a means to solve world hunger and poverty. Foods are nutritionally enhanced Longer lasting shelf life Resistant to drought, frost, and pests Hopefully will relieve famine and improve economies of many developing countries.
What types of foods are genetically modified? Corn and tomatoes…Rice and soybeans… Cotton and canola…Alfalfa and sweet potatoes…
What are the benefits of GMF? CROPS Enhanced taste and quality Reduced maturation time Increased nutrients and yields Improved resistance to disease, pests, and herbicides ANIMALS Increased resistance to disease Better yields of meat, eggs, and milk
What are the ‘cons’ of GMF? Potential human health impact such as production of new allergens. Domination or monopolization of world’s food supply by only a few nations. The ethical issue surrounds the tampering of nature by mixing genes among species.
How are GMF labeled? Agribusiness industries believe labeling should be voluntary. Consumer interest groups are demanding mandatory labeling. Do people have the right to know what they are eating? Are consumers willing to absorb the cost of that labeling?
In Conclusion… GMF have the potential to… Solve world hunger Protect and preserve the environment by increasing crop yield Reduce dependence on pesticides and herbicides HOWEVER We must proceed with caution to avoid causing harm to human health and environment.