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Genetically Modified Organisms are a Terrible Addition to Human Consumables


Riley Kunkel
St. Johns River College

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Abstract
The following paper discusses the uses of Genetically Modified Organisms in the agriculture and
food processing market. The following articles discuss both the positive and negative
consequences of implementing Genetically Modified Organisms into agricultural practices, and
henceforth each authors personal bias differs slightly. This paper addresses possible biased
statements in each article, and summarizes what each means when referenced. A recurring theme
from every article seems to indicate that genetically modified organisms are in the whole unsafe
for human usage and consumption in the worldwide agricultural markets.

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Genetically Modified Organisms are a Terrible Addition to Human Consumables


Recently, the growing concerns over the use of genetically modified organisms are
becoming more prevalent in scientific reports. More scientists are beginning to question whether
the uses of the specialized foods are safe or healthy for human consumption. This is seen in cases
of extreme cases, considering the increasing levels of bacterium found in samples of GMOs.
These bacteria could easily contain transmitters of deadly, globalizing diseases such as the Black
Death in Europe during the 1800s. Due to the increasing frequency of GMO usage in the United
States, if an infectious disease were to be transmitted through the use of the specialized crops, the
entire nation would become victims to said virus.
Some scientists, such as Janet E.M. (Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2013.) "Genetically
Engineered Crops Have Had a Positive Impact on Biodiversity."
, state that the uses of GMOs are very productive, as shown by increasing levels of biodiversity
in ecosystems where theyre used. This is argued to be very important, as if an ecosystem suffers
from low biodiversity, an entire strain of essentially duplicate crops could be wiped out, causing
massive famine. However, this fails to prove that the said GMOs are safe for human use. For
example, if a GMO was being used to mass produce crops like corn, these crops could pick up on
certain strand of infectious disease and infect millions before it was discovered and neutralized.
Other scientists, such as Noel, J.M. (2013, October)Genetically Modified Foods could pose
numerous health risks Nol Merino, disagree on the usefulness and safety of Genetically

Modified Organisms. Both scientific peers deem GMOs increasingly unsafe, as not only does
the possibility exist for pathogens to grow in foods, but numerous real-life occurrences have
been reported. The OCA has confirmed that certain strands of dormant viruses such as coldcausing bacteria spread slowly to the host after being consumed. Due to this relatively long

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incubation period, millions of people would become infected with this in this case cold virus,
and very few would realize the source from which they contracted the disease. Since the host of
the virus would be unknown, the development of a vaccine or treatment would be long
underway, and millions would likely suffer irreversible consequences due to the wait.
In conclusion, Genetically Modified Organisms are an unsafe and frankly dangerous
addition to the agricultural growth progress. Not only do they transmit diseases at an alarmingly
global rate, but they can also contain dangerous toxins and chemicals that could harm human
development in younger consumers. According to Noel, J.M. (2013, October)Genetically Modified
Foods could pose numerous health risks, The FDA ignored their scientists, and doesn't require a single safety
test and the uses of Genetically Modified Organisms are unnecessary, as the risks to the general

public far outweigh the possible increase in monetary income for the producers. In the future, the
eradication of these harmful GMOs will only better the overall success and growth of the human
race.

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Works Cited

Ed. Nol Merino. (Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2013). "Genetically Modified Foods Could Pose Numerous
Health Risks."
Carpenter, Janet E, Ed. Debra A. Miller (Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2013.) "Genetically Engineered Crops Have Had a Positive
Impact on Biodiversity."
Rpt. from "Statement by OCA" Vol. 1 (Oct. 2014.) Genetically Engineered Foods Are Hazardous