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ARE THEY A BLESSING OR A CURSE?. By Sharon Myers. Kaplan University. HW320-Contemporary Diet and Nutrition. Professor-Lisa Beach. October 27, 2015. . Terminology. 1. BT . crops are crops that are engineered to produce their own insecticide known as Bacillus . ID: 585375 Download Presentation

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GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS, ARE THEY A BLESSING OR A CURSE?By Sharon MyersKaplan UniversityHW320-Contemporary Diet and NutritionProfessor-Lisa BeachOctober 27, 2015

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Terminology1. BT crops are crops that are engineered to produce their own insecticide known as Bacillus thuringiensis. Research is showing they are harming the environment because of resistance and cross contamination (University of California San Diego n.d). 2. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs)- refers to plants and animalswhose DNA has been genetically altered. 3. Herbicides are pesticides specifically used to remove weeds.4. Pesticides are used to kill any unwanted pests which includes weeds, insects, fungus and any unwanted vegetation. 5. Pesticide resistant pests-This happens when the same pesticide is used to control pest resulting in a super pest that survive the exposure making it pesticide resistant.

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GMOs claim to increase crop yield which decreases food costs, reduces pesticide use, increases food quality and nutrition and increases the world’s food security (Nature Education, 2014). Some of these claims are true but what is it costing the environment, how does it affect the health of human beings and animals and as consumers do we deserve the right to know what foods are GMOs? I will show the pros and cons of GMOs so you the audience can decide for yourself if GMOs are a blessing or a curse.

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One of the Environmental Effect of GMOs: It’s Killing The Bees

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Several Ways GMOs Affect Animals, Plants and Soil (Benson, 2013)

Disrupts digestion of many animals, they are unable to handle the chemicals and are dying, the chemicals are polluting

the environment,

depleting the soil of minerals and destroying

beneficial

bacteria and creating super weeds and super bugs.

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Has GMOs reduced pesticide use?

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What affect do GMOs have on human health?

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As consumers do we deserve the right to know what foods are GMOs?

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Conclusion: GMOs have made many claims that they are safe to humans, animals and the environment even though there are scientific studies showing they aren’t. Americans deserve the right to decide for themselves as to whether or not they want to ingest GMOs. In order to make an informed decision, we must have labels that expose GMOs and the risk to our health. Evidence shows GMOs have damaging affects to insects, animals and birds causing endangerment and extinction and they are risking America’s health and destroying our planet. Enough is enough, as a nation we need to fight against GMOs before there is no planet to save. Don’t buy GMOs. In my opinion, GMOs are a curse.

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References Benson, J. (2013) Seven ways GMO toxicity affects animals, plants and soil. Retrieved from http://www.naturalnews.com/038792_GMO_toxicity_digestion_cancer.htmlDelaplane, K. (2015) On Einstein, Bees, and Survival of the Human Race. Retrieved from http://www.ent.uga.edu/bees/OnEinsteinBeesandSurvivaloftheHumanRaceHoneyBeeProgramCAESEntomologyUGA.htmlGenetic Modification Education (n.d) Suffocating the Soil: An "Unanticipated Effect" of GM Crops. Retrieved from http://www.gmeducation.org/environment/p207351-suffocating-the-soil:-anunanticipated-effectof-gm-crops.htmlGillam, C. (2012) Pesticide Use Ramping as Since GMO Crops Technology Backfires: study. Retrieved from http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/02/us-usa-study-pesticides-idUSBRE89100X20121002Good and Well (2013) The GMO Primer: GMOs and how they affect your health, explained. Retrieved from http://wellandgood.com/2013/02/07/the-gmo-primer-gmos-and-how-they-affect-your-health-explained/Kopicki, A. (2013) Strong Support for Labeling Modified Foods. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/28/science/strong-support-for-labeling-modified-foods.html?_r=0Nature Education (2014) Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs): Transgenic Crops and Recombinant DNA Technology. Retrieved from http://www.nature.com/scitable/topicpage/Genetically-Modified-Organisms-GMOs-Transgenic-Crops-and-732

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References cont.

The

Organic & Non-GMO Report (2012) Pesticide use increases with GM crops. Retrieved from

http://

www.nongmoreport.com/articles/november2012/pesticideuseincreasesGMcrops.php

University of California San Diego (

n.d)

Bt

GM (genetically modified)

crops. Retrieved from

http://www.bt.ucsd.edu/bt_crop.html

University of Illinois at Urbana (n.d

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Pollination By Honey Bees. Retrieved from

http://

www.aces.uiuc.edu/vista/html_pubs/BEEKEEP/CHAPT8/chapt8.html

U.S

. Department of Agriculture (2014) Genetically Engineered Crops in the U.S.

Retrieved from

http://

www.ers.usda.gov/media/1282246/err162.pdf

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. Department of Agriculture (2015) Adoption of Genetically Engineered Crops in the U.S.

Retrieved from http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/adoption-of-genetically-engineered-crops-in-the-us.aspx


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