Thepurpose of this paper is to give an assessment on the currentcontroversy over genetically modified foods in the world and itspotential impacts for the existing global trading system. Morespecifically it comes up with a solution to the serious injuriesinflicted on this system (Moseley, 45). This paper is subdivided intotwo sections the first section illustrates the concept of solutionsto a number of problems impacted by genetically modified foods whilethe last section describes the bio-cultural impacts on human beings.
Labelingand patent concepts
In1997, the EU came up with a mandatory labeling rule which establishedthat there was no-GMO label for food products and seeds in themarket. Use of genetically modified foods across the world hasattracted criticisms from different sources it is for this reasonthat the global trading system ought to find a solution to thecurrent controversies of risks. Numerous parties have proposedlabeling food products containing genetically modified foods ormaterials in order to allow identity preservation. This is a means ofinforming consumers of the content of the foods before consumption.Another proposal given in 2014 is the issuance of patents among themajor producers. In this way regulation will be easily achieved tocounter genetically modified food production (Childers, 34).
TheCartagena Protocol on Biosafety was enacted in 2000 with a main aimof establishing safety of genetically modified foods to importing andexporting countries. It subscribes to the precept that betterbe safe than sorry.The Protocol stipulates that lack of scientific evidence regardingpotential adverse effects of GMOs on biodiversity, taking intoaccount the risks to human health, need not prevent a ratifyingcountry from taking action to restrict the import of such organismsin order to reduce perceived risks (Moseley, 55). Practicingsustainable agriculture is another solution brought forth to curb therising impact of genetically modified foods in the globe. Croprotation goes a long way in offering a solution as a means oftackling pests during farming instead of falling back to the use ofgenetically modified crops.
Possiblebio-cultural effects to human beings
GMOsare associated with the rising rates of allergies among children inthe society. This is believed to be due to the introduction offoreign genes into their bodies (`The Safety of Genetically ModifiedFoods Produced through Biotechnology`). Secondly, GMOs may lead todysfunctions in digestive systems and other body organs due to theintroduction of new genes into human body systems. Third, ingestionof genetically modified food may introduce unwanted protein into thebody.
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