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Sarai Dean
Roy
Honors English 12th
2015, March 8

Genetic Engineering & Food Consumption

Throughout periods of history, the human race is seen to be been one of the most
advanced civilizations to ever walk the planet earth. With these advancement of the human race,
has led to the population of nearly 7.3 billion people to populate the earth. However, of those 7.3
billion people there are 805 million that do not have enough food to live a healthy lifestyle. The
answer to this problem is within food. To accommodate the steady growing population on earth
& the slow cycle of natural agriculture, genetically altered food should be legalized
internationally.
Genetically modified foods are currently being engineered for developing countries. In
most developing countries, the agriculture for food is disadvantaging due to climate and other ill
will factors. Nevertheless, this causes an gap in the economy for these substance altered foods.
Since the only ones that will thrive are genetically modified products. The Cultural Landscape
asserts that most countries have banned genetically modified foods and as a result have have
created import challenges, European countries [require genetically modified foods to be
labeled. Because European consumers shun genetically modified food. European customers will
stop buying them [from Africa]. Thus, the economy for genetically altered food is stabilized for
much of developing countries economy that is being banned and as a result they are hurting the

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economy of the developing countries. This is not allowing developing countries to become
prosperous or developed.
Genetically altered food is the input of antibiotics and other substances into food for the
consumption use to create a surplus of livestock & crops. For example, such as penicillin. Over
the past years, farmers have been manipulating the nature of crops & livestock to better
accommodate the large population currently on earth. However, others would argue that this
effect has caused everlasting health effects on agriculture. According to the Cultural Landscape,
Consuming large quantities of genetically modified foods may reduce the effectiveness of
antibiotics and could destroy long-standing ecological balances in local agriculture. The current
agricultural system has certain antibiotics emerged within it to with stain famines and other
natural biological process that would take place in nature. The following graph in Figure 1 from
Medical press highlights the amount of antibiotics that is used in the following five categories:
livestock, humans, agriculture, pets, and crops. Out of all the 5 categories, livestock is the
category with the most influence of antibiotics usage. However, the graph also depicts that
antibiotics is used in several other categories other than livestock & crops that are not being
banned in the usage. They too, have a drastic impact on the human population.
Genetically modified products have been undergoing study for several years. They were
first introduced in 1964, when scientist realized that organisms DNA could be manipulated and
multiplied. After many experimental tests conducted on the products, scientists has concluded
that there is no data or finds that proof that genetically modified foods are interfering with the
human consumption. Asserted by Agriculture lawyer, Keith Richardson, There is no evidence
besiding that GMOs cause any harm to the general public. However, it is good for the consumer
to know what things are put into their products. Thus, genetically modified foods are not posing

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a threat to the human consumption of the population and should not be banned globally. Majority
of the substances used in genetically altered foods are also used in humans and depicted so in
Figure 1.
The advancement in creating genetic altered came from the amount of the human
population being undernourished. Nearly 805 million people are either starving or
undernourished. The termundernourished is defined by having insufficient food or other
substances for good health and condition. A countrys population is classified as undernourished
if majority of the population has little to no food. The following world map depicted in Figure 2,
highlights the countries that are consider to be nourished and undernourished. According to the
map, nearly half the world is undernourished. Genetic modified foods are limiting this problem.
Genetic modified foods are created to grow at a rapid rate than natural foods and sustainable in
harsh environments. Some of these environments consist of being too wet or too dry. These are
the conditions that developing countries are currently in and the reason that genetically modified
foods need to be legal globally. Nevertheless, this is the future for future food production.
It is reasonable to say that genetically altered foods should not be banned internationally
due to the positive enhancements that it brings to the economy of developing countries and to the
consumption of the human population in food production. These positive enhancements will
soon further the development and prospere of the human civilization. However, if these
genetically altered foods are shunned by the global community by choice they are also creating
problems for the future of human civilization by their choices.

Reference Page

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"2014 World Hunger and Poverty Facts and Statistics by World Hunger Education
Service." 2014 World Hunger and Poverty Facts and Statistics by World Hunger
Education Service. 2015 World Hunger and Poverty Facts and Statistics, n.d. Web. 11
Feb. 2015.
"Agriculture Lawyer." Interview by Keith Richardson. Agriculture Lawyer. Skype. 10
Mar. 2015. Television.
"Extensive Use of Antibiotics in Agriculture Creating Public Health Crisis, Researcher
Says." Extensive Use of Antibiotics in Agriculture Creating Public Health Crisis,
Researcher Says. Medical Press, n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.
"Patterns of Food Supply." Patterns of Food Supply. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.
<http://coolgeography.co.uk/A-level/AQA/Year%2012/Food%20supply/Patterns%20and
%20intro/Patterns%20of%20food%20supply.htm>.

"Undernourished." What-is -net, 2015. Web. 10 Mar. 2015. <http%3A%2F%2Fwhatis-this.net%2Ffr%2Fdefinition%2Fundernourishment>.


"Welcome to the Companion Website for The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to
Human Geography 8th Edition." The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human
Geography 8th Edition. James M. Rubenstein, n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.

Appendices

Figure 1

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The following shows several categories and their usage of antibiotics.


Note: the data are adapted from Extensive use of antibiotics in agriculture creating public health crisis, researcher
says (2013). Retrieved from http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-extensive-antibiotics-agriculture-healthcrisis.html

Figure 2

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The following examines the differences and examples of unnourished countries in the world.

Note: the data are adapted from Undernourished (2015). Retrieved from http://what-isthis.net/fr/definition/undernourishment