Thetechnology discussed in the paper under review is not new. It hasbeen a topic under debate in the recent past all over the world, andit has yielded a lot of controversies. The paper talks aboutgenetically modified foods. These are foods that contain geneticallymodified organism (GMOs). It means that genetic materials originatingfrom other species are added into the foods with the aim of givingthem particular advantageous properties. Gene therapy is conducted inthe laboratory by scientists where they reorganize or get rid ofspecific bad DNA.
Someof the benefits linked with genetically modified foods includeincreased food production and making individuals highly resistant topathogens. In the United States, genetically modified foods havebecome a key issue with the majority of households being concernedregarding what they consume. The US ranks first in the production ofgenetic foods such as corn (85%), cotton products (88%), and soybeans(91%). The great concern about GMOs has made most Americans to preferorganic foods. According to scientific research, GMO foods areharmful to individual health as they destroy the immune system theyhave increased toxic glyphosate pesticide that causes cancer, birthdefects, endocrine disruption as well as reproductive damage andfailure of discovering the actual end result during DNA modification.GMO foods also result in the destruction of the environment bycausing harm to various useful insects such as bees and monarchcaterpillars.
Oneof the ethical implications involved is the need by individuals tocomprehend the potential multifaceted interactions of DNA consideringthat it is complex. As a result, scientists are required to carry outincreased research in order to understand GMOs more clearly.
Oneof the regulations involved in the technology is that foodmanufacturers in both Canada and the United States are notnecessitated by the law to label whether their foods are producedthrough genetic means or not. This is based on the reason that thegovernment believes the permitted genetically modified foods areharmless similar to the organic foods. In my view, food producersshould label whether the kinds of foods produced are geneticallymodified or organic foods. This is supported by the reason thatindividuals can be able to differentiate and choose the type of foodsthe want to buy for consumption. Some people do not believe on thesafety of GMOs, thus labeling would be highly beneficial. Theseregulations should be the same globally considering that the harmfuleffects of GMOs are the same.
Currently,the technology does not affect me personally. However, consideringthe increased GMO food production in various countries and thefailure of the regulations to required food producers to label theirproduce, I think the technology might affect me in future. This isdue to the lack of differentiating genetically modified foods andorganic foods.
Themost interesting thing that I learnt from the paper is the existentof Non-GMO Project that is making individuals aware of the labeledfoods for ease of purchase. This is highly beneficial to individualswho will be able to differentiate between genetically modified foodsand the rest.
Thepaper under review has a good flow, it is easily understandable, andis grammatically correct. Through this, the reader is able tounderstand what the author is trying to communicate, thus simplifyingthe review process.