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Vrishank Subramani BL 10 ENGL101 Considering Another Side Food for Thought: Should Genetically Modified Foods be produced in favor of Organic?

Audience Analysis: The audience of this paper will be an eclectic group spread across form local food store managers up the hierarchy of power till it stops at congress as it argues for Genetically Modified Foods in organic food stores. The essay portrays the fight between Genetically Modified foods and Organic foods and how Genetically Modified foods should be consumed in greater portion. The language is slightly scientific and it is my job to put this vocabulary into laymans terms so it can be enjoyed and read by the masses. It uses evidence from scientific journals and other non-fictional websites that are all cited in the works cited page. Two and a half years ago society entered the new decade laden with technological advances that could not have been perceived a several years ago. Some examples include the iPad, Hovering Cars and many other technological advances. Still, while such technology is continually developing, one must wonder, why utilize the research that we have to make the food we consume everyday healthier, why dont we make take full advantage of Genetically Modified Foods also known as the Foods of the Future Genetically Modified foods are a better choice than Organic Foods because they last longer, mature quicker and contain more nutrients, all of which can ultimately solve world hunger. Our current generation is always talking about advancing technology in every aspect of the word, why not with something we use multiple times a day.

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The first reason that Genetically Modified Foods are better than organic foods stems from the fact that they last longer than their organic counterparts. Organic foods have been injected with chemicals and sprayed with pesticides, but contrary to common beliefs this actually helps them out in more ways than harming them. This longevity in turn allows farmers to harvest their crops for a longer period of time as the GM crops will be able to preserve through harsh conditions such as a freeze over or a drought. Even though it would cause farmers to pay more money to harvest these crops, the payout would be a lot better as they are able sustain the inclement weather and able to be sold. GM foods can be altered to resist diseases and freezing, which can catch entire crops unsuspected and lays them to waste. GM foods even hold the promise of crops that can grow in place that plants could never grow before such as salt-laden areas. (Marshall) This also allows farmers to expand the seasons in which crops are able to be grown as they become freeze and burn resistant. Finally the longevity cuts down the amount of food that the farmers lose to rotting and food going bad, as most of them last longer than organic crops and are sold before they rot and become un-sellable. Organic Foods cannot compare to Genetically Modified foods because they do not have the same defense mechanisms and cannot be grown at the same pace or with the same intensity that Genetically Modified Foods can. A strain of bacteria that hits organic foods can potentially wipe out all of the farmers crops as organic foods do not have strong shields to bacteria and viruses. Not only is this bad for the consumer, as if they eat a damaged fruit or vegetable they can have many complications, but also for the farmer as it kills off their crops. GMFs also grow at a quicker rate and stay fresh longer than organic foods making them easier to sell out of season as there never really is a season for Genetically Modified Foods. These are just few of the reasons why Genetically Modified Foods are better than organic foods.

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Another reason that Genetically Modified Foods are also better than Organic Foods because they mature at a quicker rate and thus are able to grow faster and picked quicker. Since the time that this food takes to mature is quicker, fruits and vegetables can be mass produced and be sold for more profit. These methods are extremely similar to the methods that many mainstream fish farms are growing their salmon today, For example, salmon have been engineered to grow larger (Figure 1) and mature faster (Table 1). (Phillips) The reason that they are being cultured to grow this way is so that farmers do not have to wait around for the fish to mature and can have more return for them. Finally, Genetically Modified Foods have more nutrients than their organic counterparts as they are cross bred to acquire desirable qualities that are looked for in food. Genetic engineering allows scientists to speed this process up by moving desired genes from one plant into another -- or even from an animal to a plant or vice versa. (New York Times) This would allow something that has been done for ages by horse breeders, cross breeding to get the ideal race horse. This idea is already being done with our food that we consume every day and should be continued in mass amounts. These fruits and vegetables also are able to contain many tastes including sensations such as sweet and sour at the same time in one bite. Imagine one fruit/vegetable that fulfills all requirements and is the ultimate food that can even cure ailments and sicknesses. These foods have so much untapped potential within them that can be unlocked with the simple key that we hold in our hand, Genetically Modified Foods. This can also solve problems that we are currently running into in the world such as world hunger. World hunger has been a problem that has plagued the entire mother earth for what seems like decades now. Our over population is starting to lay Mother Earth barren and scarce of resources but the perfect way to fix this problem is to utilize what we have in Genetically

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Modified foods. The largest problem with world hunger is that there are not viable ways to ship food to parts of the world that experience extreme drought or even grow foods in places that experience extreme drought. The genetically modified foods, however since they do mature quicker and last a longer time, can be shipped over continents or even in our own country to feed the hungry as that is one feeling that no one should ever have. It is even easier to grow genetically modified foods as they can grow under any temperature and humidity. Essentially, they grow in any climate in general as they do not need the normal water and sunlight that other plants need. This becomes the easiest however when the US government steps in and takes control into their own hands. First the government should subsidize farmers that decide to farm using the genetically modified technologies, because their works should be rewarded as they are helping this country progress forward. Next for the US government to be seen in a better light by the rest of the world community that only sees the USA as a military superpower/bully, the government should help out by sending food shipments to other nations. Together as a country and a world we can stop pillaging Mother Nature her of all of her resources, together we can use Genetically Modified Foods to fight World Hunger. Synthesizing all of my previous statements we can see that Genetically Modified Foods are better than Organic foods as they last longer, mature quicker and contain more nutrients than Organic Foods. World Hunger is a problem that is affecting the human race globally and can be solved by Genetically Modified Foods. Genetically Modified foods bear the fruit of our accomplishments with technology and if technology is in everything else in our lives why not our food?

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