Genetically Modified Food and Weight As humans become more over weight, we face a lot of difficulties with health concerns that shortens our lives. But why are humans suddenly over eating and becoming overweight? Genetically modified foods are foods that have only been around for the last couple of decades, and they have been altered so they thrive in their environment. Typically, modifications are used to withstand pesticides, withstand cold, and to grow faster and bigger. Genetically modified foods are causing humans to over eat because they are not filled with the same nutrients, our bodies can't digest the food the same, and it causes humans to grow bigger, faster. Genetically modified food may look like its original counterpart but there are some major differences. The amount of nutrients the new genetically modified food has is one of those differences and it affects our bodies. Genetically modified food can have as much nutrients as its original, but due to unintentional alteration they often fall short. In Dr. John B. Fagan's article, he explains how with genetically modified food you can get unintended effects by using a peanut and a tomato as an example. In his example he states that if you take one gene from the peanut and put it in the tomato you can have unintended affect of a person that is allergic to peanuts becoming allergic to that tomato. He continues by stating current genetically engineered procedures and developing procedures can also have unintentional alteration, that as of current regulations could potentially not be tested for. Genetic engineering places new genes which create new proteins and can change the cellular metabolism. With the alteration in metabolism the food could fail to make some important vitamins and minerals.(Fagan). Since genetically modified food have some unintentional alterations, these unintended alterations could effect humans in a way that changes their metabolism that would require them to over eat. These unintended alteration could also change the nutritional value making the person malnourished. If people are malnourished their bodies will be craving the nutrients it needs in order to function and they will have to eat more to get those nutrients. The article “Compositional differences in soybeans on the market: Glyphosate accumulates in Roundup Ready GM soybeans” did a study on Iowa soybeans and the article concluded “The organic soybeans had significantly higher levels of total protein and lower levels of linoleic acid LA (18:2n6) and palmitic acid PA (16:0).” (T. Bøhn, M. Cuhra, T. Traavik, M. Sanden, J. Fagan, R. Primicerio , section 4.3). Lower levels of protein in genetically modified foods cause less nutrients for build and repairing tissues. Linoleic acid and palmitic acid are both fatty acids that are good for our bodies in small amount, excess of these acids have been linked to health issues including cardiovascular diseases. This article proves John Fagan's theory that nutritional values could be weakened with genetically modified food. The absence of all of the nutrition in genetically modified food has to be filled from some where, and so our bodies only have one choice, to indulge in food to get what it needs. Nutrition is the building blocks of our bodies and without it our bodies won't function. That's why people overeat because genetically modified food does not have all the nutrition organic food has. Our bodies go through many steps to digest our food, but with genetically modified food our bodies struggle to digest it. Our bodies need to digest our food to get the nutrition out of it and if our bodies our only digesting a portion of the food then our bodies will want more food to digest and get the nutrients it needs. Professor Åshild Krogdahl of the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science conducted some experiments, one experiment she fed 2 group of rats corn, one group genetically modified corn, and the other regular corn. In one of her other
Genetically Modified Foods
GENERAL GOAL: I want to inform my audience.
SPECIFIC SPEECH GOAL: I would like to increase the audience’s knowledge of genetically modified foods, their history, and the controversy that it involves.
THESIS STATEMENT: I want to inform my audience by explaining exactly what genetically modified foods are, as well as, there intended purpose, history, advantages, disadvantages and controversy surrounding them.
I. Before you eat a meal or snack do you…
What are GMO’s? GMO’s are Genetically Modified Organisms; they are any food product that has been altered at the gene level.
“Genetically modified foods are also frequently described as “genetically engineered” or “genetically manipulated” (What). GMO mainly consist with farmers and their crops. For centuries farmers have been trying to make our food better by crossbreeding crops to make them taste better, healthier and heartier. We are allowing scientist to put different kinds of genetic…
now full of foods with ingredients that are derived from genetically modified crops. Most evidence from the genetically modified food companies show that genetically modified foods are harmless. However, most of the evidences show it is not safety nowadays. Current labelling regulations make it almost impossible for consumers to know when they are buying GM foods. The topic of the investigation is the advantage and the disadvantage of genetically modified food.
Genetically modified foods are a special…
Deception: GMOs in America
America is a country built on the individual’s right to choose. Unfortunately, this right of choice no longer applies when it comes to the food we eat. America’s food supply has been clandestinely contaminated with ingredients that contain genetically modified organisms or GMOs. Genetically modified foods are made by inserting genes from another species into a food's DNA. The public is generally unaware when they purchase genetically modified foods since food manufacturers…
McDonald’s French Fries—what do these all have in common? These foods are all some of the most genetically modified foods, or “GMOs,” sold on the market today. By obtaining the genetic information from one organism, and modifying or inserting it into another organism, scientists can make food crops grow bigger and stay fresher, and have the crops produce their own pesticides. The European Commission refers to these foods as Genetically Modified Organisms while the United States uses the term “genetic modification”…
Citizenship Paper #1
The Problem about GMOs
There are many political issues and problems in the world today that affects us all as citizens, consumers, and free spirits. These issues may reside in potential areas such as immigration, biodiversity, pollution, education policies, air pollution, etc. Each of these issues have the potential to fully effect us as people and how we live out our lives, especially as a governed nation. Two very important political issues that…
FILA 120 8:00
Genetically Modified Food
Throughout society humans have been evolving with one common goal in mind which is to make things easier. Easier may not always be better, and sometimes it is better to keep some things the way they are and focus on quality not quantity. A severe controversy in today’s world is the manufacture and marketing of genetically modified foods. This is a special kind of food where the producer injects chemicals to benefit the…
planted are genetically engineered (Lang, A., 2007). The use of genetically modified foods has sparked much controversy in issues of health, political, environmental, and social aspects all over the world. I will first define a genetically modified organism (GMO) and how it’s used to create a genetically modified food (GM food). I will then give a brief history of how and why GM foods became part of U.S. food crops. I will talk about ethical, health, social, and environmental concerns of GM foods and will…
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Team Members: |
Team Leader: Brenda Brown
Abstract by Brenda Brown and Tony Balch 3
Thesis Statement and Summary by Kelly Baker and Brenda Brown 4
GMO Technology by Vanessa Brogsdale 5
I. What are GMO’S?
II. Scientific Techniques and Experiments
History of GMO by Vanessa Brogsdale 12
I. Biotechnology Timeline
II. Advantages and Disadvantages
Political and Legal Issues by Brenda Brown…
15 November 2014
Genetically Modified Foods
Food is the lifeforce of all humans and animals. Our bodies need nutrient dense foods in
order to thrive and live a healthy life. Today, especially in the United States, food or food like
products are available on every corner, but instead of nourishing us, this food so easily
available and mass produced, is harming us. According to the Center for Food Safety, a national
nonprofit public interest and environmental advocacy organization…