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Food for Thought: Misrepresentation of GMOs in Social Media

       Since about twenty years ago, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are a part of our everyday world. With the goal of producing seed variants that are more resistant to pesticides as well as being capable of warding off insects, scientists were able to create a “superior” amalgam of organisms by merging the DNA of various species and make large-scale farming a more efficient method. Today, the world produces more food than it actually needs. However, this relatively new science presents many unknowns, and scientists and the public alike are not all yet ready to accept its safety.

The shattered puzzle

GMOs: the shattered puzzle

To look for the truth is like gathering pieces of puzzles. In this quest of missing pieces, I will be summarizing and analyzing three articles from Quebec, the United-States and China concerning the same issue, GMOs. I will show you how the seemingly categorical facts can be and will be dismantled, painted, perfumed, assembled and finally presented.

Feeding the World in the Twenty-First Century

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In their text ‘’Feeding the World in the Twenty-First Century” Gordon Conway and Gary Toenniessen explain the necessity of developing biotechnology to feed the population of poor countries. To support their thesis, they emphasize the benefits of the Green Revolution, which significantly decreased the number of hungry people in developing countries. Also, they bring up the statistical evidence of economic advantage that “since the 1970s, world food prices have declined in real terms by over 70 per cent” (153).

Genetically Modified Food

 

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are entities that have had their genetics modified to meet the specific, various needs of consumers or corporations. Just like everything else in this world, there are advantages and disadvantages to GMOs. However, in my humble opinion, the issues that GMOs present outweigh the benefits that they offer. 

Labelling GM Food

Like everything else in this world, there are pros and cons of genetically modified food. In the pros, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can offer solutions to feeding our increasing population with food that is nutritious and economical. However, due to its sketchy history, consumers are worried about the safety of their food. Thus, labelling genetically modified food has become an important issue. Consumers argue that they have a right to know what they are putting in their mouths.