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First of all, I want to state my stance on the issue concerning genetically modified organisms (GMOs), particularly genetically modified foods. When asked if GMOs represent feast or famine in the agricultural field, I find myself split between both sides of the debate. While GMOs have the ability to change the agricultural market as we know it (increasing yields and biodiversity), we must recognize the potential threats that these advanced technologies present. The mere fact that genetically modifying certain organisms in order to obtain desired traits sounds great on paper, but precautionary measures must be taken in order to ensure safety and sustainability. Specific rules and regulations need to be constructed before these experimental modifications are available to the public. The new gene-splicing technologies that are being discovered by scientists are allowing society to bypass previous biological boundaries in nature, creating new life forms with desired characteristics. But with genetic manipulation comes much debate. Jeremy Rifkin, President of the Foundation of Economic Trends, explains how this re-seeding of the Earth with a laboratory- based second Genesis could lead to “a biological Tower of Babel and the spread of chaos throughout the biological world, drowning out the ancient language of creation.” Currently, our society is in the heart of the new technology revolution. The idea of GMOs seems so basic: find a gene containing beneficial traits that can be manipulated, transform and insert it into an organism, regenerate the organism, and hopefully determine the gene to be functional. This is why the bio-industrial world is rapidly buying up biotech start-up companies, seed companies, medical and health businesses, pharmaceuticals, agribusinesses, etc. They find it quite easy to manipulate the environment and turn it into a desired product for the average consumer. Although genetic engineering can potentially offer new advances in the medical and agricultural fields, much of the public remains blind to the deleterious effects of these products. Even the FDA seems to disregard human health. The New England Journal of Medicine editors concluded that FDA policy “would appear to favor industry over consumer protection.” This is why consumers need to be careful while handling certain GMOs. While reading the two assigned articles, it is clear that this issue of genetically modifying
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2009 for the course BEE 3299 taught by Professor Scott,n.r. during the Spring '07 term at Cornell.

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