Module 3 Position Paper
ITT Technical Institute
There are many risks both health and environmental that take place when using hormones to genetically engineer food. According to the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM), several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with genetically modified (GM) food. The AAEM has asked physicians to advise all patients to avoid GM foods. Numerous health problems increased after GMOs were introduced in 1996. The percentage of Americans with chronic illnesses and food allergies has gone up drastically. Reproductive disorders, autism, and digestive problems have steadily been on the rise as well. Although there is no sufficient research to confirm that genetically engineered foods are a contributing factor to these issues, there is still something about the process of genetically modifying the food that seems immoral and ...view middle of the document...
Roundup herbicide has been shown to cause birth defects in amphibians, embryonic deaths and organ damage in animals even at very low doses. GM canola has been found growing wild in North Dakota and California, threatening to pass on its herbicide tolerant genes on to weeds and other plants that may cross its path. If GM foods on the market are causing common diseases or if their effects appear only after long-term exposure, we may not be able to identify the source of the problem for decades.
There is no monitoring of GMO-related illnesses and no long-term animal studies. Biotech which is a corporation that is heavily invested in the production of GM foods are gambling with the health of our nation for their profit. Secret agency memos made public by a lawsuit show that the overwhelming consensus even among the FDA's own scientists was that GM foods can create unpredictable, hard-to-detect side effects. Scientists who discover problems with GM foods have since been attacked, gagged, fired, threatened, and denied funding. Most of the health and environmental risks of GMOs are ignored by governments' superficial regulations and safety assessments. The reason for this tragedy is largely political. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for example, doesn't require a single safety study, does not mandate labeling of GMOs, and allows companies to put their GM foods onto the market without even notifying the agency.
The Campaign for Healthier Eating in America is designed to achieve a breaking point for consumers in America concerned with the rising issue of genetically modified food. This campaign plans to duplicate what was done in Europe in 1999 when consumers got wind of the process and immediately rejected these practices. The majority of the food manufacturers in this region committed to remove the ingredients from their product. Our growing network of manufacturers, retailers, healthcare practitioners, organizations, and the media, is informing consumers of the health risks of GM foods and helping them select healthier non-GM alternatives with our Non-GM Shopping Guides.