Gmo and Ethics Essay

967 WordsMar 17, 20134 Pages
The purpose of GMO is to make life easier on humans by genetically modifying fruits and vegetables to provide the proper quantity and quality to fulfill the nutritional element of the human body. Though it sounds great that people around the world are fed and world hunger will become a distant thought, what are the ethical values and effects that we face when we start engineering food to suit our liking? What is Natural? Webster defines natural as something that exists because it was caused by nature. When we start modifying food to suit our likings we start playing the role of god and we interfere with something that was once natural. Because of this, the food has loss its natural state and becomes synthetic making us question the ethical consumption of the food because the food simply becomes another item that man created to suit which can cause many problems in our environment, and human health in general. Environmental Effects Herbicidal use and resistance The ecological risks run heavily because GMO is still a developing technology so there have been no long term studies, but one of the most feared problems that stem from GMO is the fact that the plant itself can become a weed. Once the weed has become something we despise, how do we get rid of it since it was genetically engineered? The plant may be resistant to the current line of crop killers which will draw a need for a new pesticide that will terminate the crop efficiently and safely. More so, the GMO can become a crop that may serve as a breeding ground for cross pollination in which genes from GMO plants move to natural wild plants. This can be a disaster because we now have something that is natural turning into a hybrid between GMO and natural which will become resistant to normal pesticides causing us to create a new batch of weed killers. We now have to determine whether nature is

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