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Man vs. Nature
This week we are discussing Genetically Modified Foods and just like any product available there are pros and cons. This will be a hands-on assignment that will require you visit a grocery store to compare and contrast Genetically Modified and Organic produce. Be sure to select the same type of fruit or vegetable to compare and contrast. You are not required to buy the product!
Note: You may ask a store employee for help to identify which produce is organic and which is a GM (conventional).
Student name: Raheem Nixon
What fruit or vegetable are you comparing? Spinach
Where was it grown/imported from (country, state, etc.)?
San Juan Bautista
Where were observations made (farmers market, Walmart, etc.)?
Short Answer Questions (Minimum of 250 words each)
1. What are the some of the arguments for labeling GM foods? What are some of the arguments against it? What side do you feel is more valid, why? Provide at least one source per argument (one for and one against) to support your claims.
Even though GMOs are to offer a higher wholesome benefit to the food and safeguard crops against bothers. Individuals who like to eat food as God made it usually decide to buy things marked Non-GMO Project Verified or USDA Organic. For some shoppers, that is something of a riddle, especially with understanding the distinction between the two.
The discussion to mark GM food varieties stays an issue. Numerous buyers contend and demand the option to know what they are eating and their entitlement to pick. The need for marks might appear to be straightforward. However, issues like security, cost, truth in publicizing, decision, reasonableness, science, trade barriers, administrative obligation, responsibility, lawful risk, among others, are involved. (ISAAA, 2004) Before, legislatures would need to set norms and administrations to direct testing of the existences of GM fixings, affirmation, and guarantee that the quality principles are clear and reachable. Recognizing GM fixings in certain items would be simpler than in others since handled items like oils, sugars, and starches never again contain any unique DNA or proteins. One more issue to wrestle with would be the phrasing on the mark. In a perfect world, a name ought not to bias the customer, possibly supporting the item. There is additionally the issue of whether the name would be helpful or instructive for the buyer. ISAAA (2004) takes note of that the homemaker who has heard minimal about the discussion on GM food, a mark that peruses, “Produced using hereditary changed soybean or developed from seed got through present-day plant biotechnology” may make more disarray.”
A few contentions for marking is a customer’s more right than wrong to know what’s in their food. They could help with their purchasing choices. Additionally, the naming might be helpful to veggie lovers, vegetarians, and certain religions. Finally, names can also help individuals in these gatherings with bettering distinguish, assuming an item is altered. In conclusion, every other person is making it happen. Follow Gains (2020) noticed that “No less than 64 nations around the world, including the European Union, Australia, Brazil, China, Japan, and Russia, have one naming prerequisites for GM food sources. What’s more, by far most of U.S. consumers support required naming.”
GM items seem like it would be extremely monotonous also, costly interaction with the evaluating that should be done all along with of the food creation stream, beginning with the seed organizations, and faithfully seeing through to the ranchers, the grain organizations, the food processors, the merchants, and advertisers. I comprehend those individuals need to know where their food comes from and the interaction it took to get to them; however, I accept that it does not merit the expense or work to name GM items. Essentially, all items that are not Organic or Non-GMO ought normal to be adjusted in some sense. A couple of evaluations suggest that 3/4 of food in the ordinary store has been inherited changed somehow or another.
2. What are some ethical concerns or benefits of using GMOs based on the Christian Worldview? (Refer to “Here’s What Religious Experts Have to Say About Faith and GMOs” for help answering this question.)
GMOs has been talked about around the world and even effects religion. Smith (2015) takes note of “A few adherents, the guarantee of easing hunger with hereditary altered food varieties and commitments to help the unfortunate knocks facing worries about messing with nature and financial peonage.” Different religions have their convictions and sentiments to GMOs. Islam follows a story from Islamic writing that essentially says individuals ought to follow Muhammad when he talks on religion and mortality, yet follow their ability in the issue of cultivating. They neither support nor deny the utilization of GMOs, yet rather inquire whether they are reasonable by being halal. Specific individuals who follow Islam have embraced a place of alert and will watch the issue.
Individuals of the Hindu confidence generally avoid innovation, notwithstanding strict ceremonies. They might eat the GMOs in their traditional food. However, not offer them their divinity in a sanctuary.
In Judaism, the GMO discussion would be if they are fit or not. If GMOs were to yield more food to eat hungry individuals, they would be thankful for it. Yet, assuming the GMOs use parts of non-legitimate creatures, it may not be passable for utilization. But, since they don’t present critical damage to human well-being, they are not prohibited.
Numerous Protestants adopt a preventative strategy to the place of GMOs to demonstrate its security. They take alert because a now-restricted pesticide once hailed an advanced marvel required a significant period to show its drawn-out impacts. In this manner, protestants feel that until long haul impacts are known. Ought not broadly to use GMOs.
Smith, M. (2014, March 1). Non-GMO vs. Organic. Better Nutrition, 70–71. https://web-bebscohost-com.lopes.idm.oclc.org/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=1&sid=52abfd8a4e03-45e7-b8df-28175acc8722%40pdc-v-sessmgr02
ISAAA. (2004). Labelling GM Foods. International Service for the Acquisition of Agribiotech Applications. https://www.isaaa.org/resources/publications/pocketk/7/default.asp
Trace Gains. (2020). Mandatory GMO Labeling: Pros and Cons (Publication No. X). Trace Gains. https://www.tracegains.com/blog/mandatory-gmo-labeling-pros-and-cons
Smith, M. (2015 May 29). Here’s What Religious Experts Have to Say About Faith and GMOs. Vice. https://www.vice.com/en/article/neyw5z/heres-what-religious-expertshave-to-say-about-faith-and-gmos
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