The Future of Genetically Modified Food

Genetically modified food has been a topic of much debate ever since
it wasfirst introduced to the market in the early 1990s. Safety issues and
economic as well as ecological concerns have been raised by many. While it
is evident that there was a food supply issue the question is whether
genetically modified food, or GMF, can solve world hunger problems, or even
if that would be the best way to address the issue.
Nina Fedoroff argues in her New York Times article “Engineering Food
for All” that as food prices continue rising so does the number of people
who may not be able to afford higher priced food. Unnecessary regulation by
the EPA, Department of Agriculture, and Food and Drug Administration has
slow down improving technology to allow for faster production of GMF.
Evidence and extensive research over the past 25 years has shown no danger
in producing modified crops. Fedoroff wants to see regulation lifted and a
simple set of requirements focused on any hazards posed by gene
Michael Pollan’s view of gene modification is different. He argues
that GM may be much more dangerous than people think and refers to it as
biological pollution. Diversity of corn could be threatened by genetic
engineering by allowing the modified organisms to end up in places they
weren’t meant to be and where no one would suspect they would go.
Contamination by cross-pollination and trans-genes could replace genes that
Extinction of these genes is very possible. Pollan is a professor of
journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. Pollan has written a
book called The Omnivore’s Dilemma which describes four ways human society
obtains food and follows each process to its source. He is a credible
source to be arguing against gene modification.
Fedoroff’s appeal to Pathos can be seen in thefirst paragraph of the
article when she mentions the “ranks of the hungry” are growing. She seems

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