Mgt 3725 Individual Memo - Management 3725 Social and...

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Management 3725 Social and Ethical Responsibilities with GM Foods To: Dr. Rakestraw From: Tim May Date: June 27, 2011 Re: Individual Memo Assignment Genetically modified foods are created in a laboratory by injecting bacteria, viruses, and animal DNA into corn and soybean embryos. Once these embryos accept these foreign objects, a new breed is born. These new species actually create their own internal pesticides making it cheaper for farmers because they don’t have to spray their crops as much to avoid insect infestation. Is it really ethical to inject the food people eat just to save a buck? Some social responibility and ethical issues are raised when researching about GM foods. One major problem is the potential human health impacts, including allergens, transfer of antibiotic resistance markers, unknown effects which are still unknown because of the lack of testing and attempts to be cost-effective by bypassing the testing of the long-term effects of GM foods. Also, potential environmental impacts are prevelent, including: unintended transfer of transgenes through cross-pollination, unknown effects on other organisms (e.g., soil microbes), and loss of flora and fauna biodiversity. This is where the companies that produce GM foods “play God” and do not allow the food to develop naturally because the companies are in direct violation of natural organisms' intrinsic values
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and are tampering with nature by mixing genes among species. Objections to consuming animal genes
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