Benefits of GMOs. Golden Rice . “Vitamin A deficiency is prevalent in many parts of the world where poorer community members rely on rice as their major food source. People who lack adequate amounts of this vitamin can have vision problems or even blindness as a result” (Golden Rice).
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“Vitamin A deficiency is prevalent in many parts of the world where poorer community members rely on rice as their major food source. People who lack adequate amounts of this vitamin can have vision problems or even blindness as a result” (Golden Rice).
“Golden Rice was developed in the early 1990s with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation with the goal of creating rice that had beta-carotene -- a vitamin A precursor – in the rice grain. In its current form, Golden Rice contains 35 micrograms of beta-carotene per gram” (“Golden Rice”).
This GMO has helped with the reduction of cases of blindness in many third world countries where rice is a main or sometimes the only source of food.
"By incorporating vitamin A into the major crop that is consumed, we would be able to make it accessible to the majority of people in the area," said Dr. Michael Grusak, associate professor of pediatrics at the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center at BCM.
“A report released under the successive E.C. Framework Programs for Research and Technological Development from 1985 to 2000 suggests that GM foods may be even safer than regular foods. The research has not found "any new risks to human health or the environment, beyond the usual uncertainties of conventional plant breeding," said the E.C., the E.U.'s executive branch. The report combines over 15 years of research, 81 projects and involves 400 teams from many different disciplines, and represents a combined Community financial contribution of about 63 million dollars” (“The Benefits”).
“Food scientists have utilized Amylase and other enzymes to reduce calories in beer. Thanks to this technology calorie-conscious consumers can enjoy 'light' beer. Moreover, genetically altered foods, such as cooking oil, have been produced to contain less saturated fat. This technology, therefore, has been successful in helping consumers combat high cholesterol, a condition prevalent in many developed countries” (“The Benefits”).
“Reducing pesticide use through genetic engineering could appeal to consumers. Not only can pesticide and chemical use in agriculture increase the toxicity of food, but aids to prevent contaminated runoff, which leaks into ground water. According to the U.S. FDA, "increases in adoption of herbicide-tolerant soybeans were associated with small increases in yields and variable profits, and significant decreases in herbicide use“” (“The Benefits”).
“The U.N. development program believes GM crops can benefit farmers and consumers. Without GM technology in agriculture the governing bodies of the U.N., E.U. and U.S. do not believe that the food needs of a rapidly growing world population will be met. The FDA says that GM foods will help feed needy people around the world and alleviate malnutrition and dietary deficiencies. By producing more food, farmers will be able to supply commodities at affordable prices, even to the poorest nations” (“The Benefits”).
GMOs affect globalization because these products are being used all around the world by developing and developed countries. This spread of knowledge leads to an increase in globalization that helps many developing countries with health problems and also helps GMO companies in developed countries.
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