Geneticallymodified Organisms (GMOs), or transgenic organisms are manufacturedthrough high-tech transferals of designated genetic material from anindividual organism to another. The objective of this engineeringprocedure is to make novel diversities of animals and plants withselected characteristics. At the same time as humans have arbitratedin the animals and plants genetic development over many years, thesenovel bio-engineered involvements are of a diverse order. There arenumerous ethical concerns on GM foods that have entirely all impactedon the products’ support by the public (Krimsky & Gruber,2014). I believe that the government should create stricter laws thatrequire the classification of all GMO products. This is due to itsserious negative impacts on human beings and the environment.
Tostart with, employment of GM animals and plants has now turned out tobe ordinary in the contemporary society with no many individualsbeing aware. However, the unavailability of consumer consensus in themaking of decisions with regards to the consumption of GMOs createsan ethical dilemma. It is revealed that about 70 percent ofprepackaged foods have GM foods, mainly soy beans and maize(Comstock, 2000). When these foods are in a store, it remains hard todistinguish them from other typical foods. However, the only probableexemption is those that are plainly labeled as GMO free.
Anothervital ethical concern is their possible exacerbation of diseases orallergies in human beings. However, given that a genetic factor couldbe taken out from an allergenic entity and sited into another, whichclassically fails to cause allergies, an individual may naively beopened to an allergen. In sequence, this could cause an allergicresponse. Also, there is the fear that novel allergies could ensuefrom the mixture of genes from dual organisms.
Itis mostly claimed that GMOs are better than typical foods. This isactually wrong. About 75 percent of GM crops are manipulatedgenetically to be herbicide tolerant as well as to be cultivated withhefty doses of the chosen herbicide for the reason that ‘everybodyelse’ is killed by the GM crops (Halford, 2012). The usage ofherbicides and pesticides in fields have been well renowned asunhealthy because of the numerous ways it impacts the environment andhuman beings utilization at the time the food product isultimatelyconsumed and still has bits of the chemicals.
Akey ethical concern regarding the GMOs is about the quality andamount of testing done on the foodstuffs (Krimsky & Gruber,2014). Genetic engineering remains a comparatively novel sciencediscipline, and the long-standing outcomes of modification areunclear. However, to be ethically accountable for these products,warning tags should be given about the deficiency of long-termtesting.
Comstock,G. L. (2000). Vexing Nature? On the Ethical Case Against AgriculturalBiotechnology. Boston, MA: Springer US.
Halford,N. G. (2012). Genetically modified crops. London: Imperial CollegePress.
Krimsky,S., & Gruber, J. (2014). The GMO deception: What you need to knowabout the food, corporations, and government agencies putting ourfamilies and our environment at risk. New York, NY: SkyhorsePublishing.