A not-so-simple math equation… + TEST TUBE FRUIT OR= ANSWER TO POVERTY?
What’s the Problem?•Genetically modified and engineered crops present both a global dilemmaand potential solution to another world crisis: •Global dilemma: Safety & Potential exploitation of increased food production by mega corporations or authoritarian regimes •Potential solution to: World Hunger •Why? Crops that are genetically engineered can be produced in greater quantities due to their ability to be made resistant to certain pests or herbicides. Some proponents point to this reason as a way to solve the problem of food scarcity in places like Africa and Asia, while critics point to the same reason, for many of these “resistant” crops actually become very sensitive to other herbicides and pests not covered in the transfer of genes from one organism to another. In other words, the benefits of GME foods could backfire and lead to potential food safety issues. Preservatives often color the ingredients list of these foods as well – do you want to eat salmon that has been enhanced to achieve its red flesh, or the real deal? •Who does it really hurt? Some analysts believe that the growth of GME foods hurts farmers in developing nations, due to the cost of the technology required to grow such crops. This inability to afford necessary equipment could put these small-acre farmers in a chokehold regarding their position in the global economy – and could spark economic and diplomatic turmoil if other countries feel pressured or suppressed by others. Some critics argue that GMO foods harm consumers, as the additives used may not be safe and are largely for aesthetic purposes (plumper looking chicken breasts, fatter fish filets, heavier crops (think those gigantic pumpkins you see at the fair!),etc.).
Where? (Top 5 Growers of GM/GE Crops) Brazil ArgentinaU.S.A. China ParaguayCanada
“Weighing”The Potential “World hunger is extensive in spite of sufficient global food Benefits of resources. Therefore increased food production is no solution. The problem is that many people are too poor to buy readily available GME Foods: food. Therefore measures solving the poverty problem is what is required to solve the world hunger problem… “ Can we finally End World Hunger? Quote taken from: It is a myth that world hunger is due to scarcity of food, Physicians and Scientists for Responsible Application of Science and Technology, October 1998Other feedback on the topic… “For the most part, genetic engineering techniques are being applied to crops important tothe industrialized world, not crops on which the worlds hungry depend.” (Quote fromBiotechnology and the World Food Supply, Union of Concerned Scientists) “Companies like Monsanto keep arguing that genetic modification will feed the world, but thatis specious,” argues Jonathan Kimmelman, a bioethicist at Yale University. “The financial benefits fromgenetic modification will flow mostly to the very largest agricultural producers, putting local agriculturaleconomies at a tremendous disadvantage. That is really the central issue here.” (Quote from BruceShapiro, Stalking the wild Frankensalmon, Salon.com News, May 5, 2000)
“Funnies” …but we MUST take this issue seriously!
How Can I Help? •“We report, YOU decide…” •There are two sides to the GME food debate, and only you can decide which appeals to you and your beliefs. Do you care if your salmon was created in a laboratory instead of swimming in the deep blue sea? If not that, do you believe the claims that the process hurts local farmers? •Can world hunger be solved by simply increasing the food supply, or are there other factors (like political power and corruption) that must be considered first? • Furthermore, do you think that the GME food movement provides a sustainable and Speak out to your feasible approach to solving world hunger? legislators – the federal government ismore involved in your food •If you aren’t too wild about this than you think! growing trend, here are some ways to get involved – even in the most gentle of ways:
Want more information onGMO foods? Want to learn more about the on-going debate? http://www.globalissues.org/issue/188/genetically-engineered-food The above website gives links to many articles and studies on GMO foods and their link to the problem of world hunger and corruption for farmers. I suggest you peruse the site and then decide for yourself if this is a solution we should consider, and if we should implement genetically engineered foods into our own supermarkets – it’s actually already happening in some places, so make sure you check to see if your apple was grown in a laboratory or in an orchard!
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