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GMOS Good/Bad?

By Team DBG | October 11, 2018 | No Comments

World Hunger is growing day by day. Strategists and government officials have their own take on the oncoming slew of draughts and food shortages all over the world. Some say that the production levels of the food are insufficient and only through aggressive measures like rampant cropping and food processing units can we overcome it. Others think there are major issues in the distribution of food with most of the food going into the coffers of the rich.

If the distribution mechanism of food is improved, problems like malnutrition and food shortages will be solved. One of the creative and innovative solutions to the food crisis that our modern day scientists and researchers have proposed are GMO’s i.e. genetically modified organisms.

GMO’s have, surprisingly, turned into a controversial issue with the public opinion largely differing on the matter. Organizations have gotten involved in the issue after it took off in the public domain. The involvement of these organizations has further complicated the issue by adding more nuances and interests to it.

Some public stakeholders are of the opinion that adding GMOs to daily diet has terrible ramifications on the health of all those involved because they are artificially produced. Other people think that they are an effective way of solving the food problems of today. Organizations which have cropped up all over the world continue to obtain profits by propagating an anti-GMO stance while scientists work to provide food to the people who cannot afford it.

The suspicion surrounding GMOs has turned out to be one of the most pressing issues of the century. Some credible organizations have stepped in to put an end to the paranoia that accompanies issues of this nature. Organizations such as National Academy of Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the European Commission have come out in the open in defense of the GMOs, and they have ‘found no significant hazards directly connected with the use of genetically engineered crops’. This means that the GMO’s do not contain harmful substances that can pose a danger to the health of masses at large. This claim is backed up by significant scientific research focusing on the long-term and short-term effects of consuming this category of edible items.

Historical evidence at large further augments the stance for the provision of GMO to the people. If the history of genetical modification is to be studied without biases, it is revealed to the researchers that mankind started manipulating the environment around it to survive a long time ago. In fact, that has proved to be the trick secret behind survival. None of the food we eat today is entirely devoid of genetic modification. Techniques such as selective breeding were practiced on a plethora of crops including corn, carrots and even fruits like melons, oranges, and watermelons.

This selective breeding has resulted in an abundance of traits we desire in our food items including sweetness, softness, plumpness and small seeds. Other artificially ordained and produced substances include life-saving substances like insulin which were artificially produced from useful microorganisms. Other uses include the large-scale production of fabrics such as cotton and silk. In recent past, scientists have also obtained microprotein from microbes which replicate the texture and flesh of real meat.

To some experts, GMO labeled items are not unhealthy at all. In fact, the nutritional value of every GMO product is the same as that of naturally grown and organic produce. In fact, mass level farming which makes the use of pesticides and insecticides is more dangerous than carefully produced and nurtured GMOs. Genetic modification is very similar to breeding practices implemented on animals and cattle minus all the harmful circumstances involved in the process because due to undue criticism, the GMO producers have become even more cautious of the production process and the manipulated substances included in it.

If the production of regular food items is not swift enough and inadequate and if the distribution continues to be flawed then GMOs can serve as a proper alternative mechanism for the procurement and provision of food. Subsidizing GMO’s can serve as a means for serving the people at large and any criticism is not warranted in that case because on a utilitarian basis, less people sleep on a hungry belly.

Besides the harms incurred from mass level cropping are beginning to outweigh the benefits anyway. Consider the mass level clearance of forests, bushes, and land so plants can be grown or the injection of harmful and toxic hormones into the bodies of confined and much-abused animals raised only for slaughterhouses and then try answering this question. Are GMOs really that bad in the context of today’s world? For now, they are far from bad. In fact, they are useful in many ways. Where will this newly founded revolution in the food sector go? We will let you decide for yourself.

Team DBG

I’m currently in the best shape of my life and have never felt better. I’ve learned so much during my journey in the fitness world. I now have a burning desire to help others. Too many people ignore the mental and spiritual growth potential of fitness and consider it a shallow, frivolous hobby. I’m committed to shifting this mindset with other like-minded individuals who are intelligent, motivated and entrepreneurial. I’m excited to continue on this path with others who are enthusiastic about the work it takes to achieve success. - Bryan Watmore (CEO)

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