Enetically Modified Foods. 4 qestions to answer, read the insturction in the details.
Introduction: In this assignment, you will be preparing to develop a position statement on genetically modified foods. You will be asked to find articles related to the debate over genetically modified foods and to answer some questions.
a? Search for at least one article in support of genetically modified (GM) foods (the FDA site is a good place to find this) and a second article that is against genetically modified foods.
(2 Points) Include these articles as a reference and LABLE WHICH ONE IS FOR GM FOODS AND WHICH ONE IS AGAINST.
a? After you have read your articles, answer the following questions about GM foods. Make sure that you explain and justify each of your answers. Number each answer so I know which question you are answering.
1. Many genetically modified crops (such as corn, squash, and soybeans) have been engineered to contain a bacterial gene, from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) that acts as a natural pesticide. The FDA does not currently list pesticides on food labels. Should this be a requirement? Why or why not? (2 Points)
2. If the labels were forced to disclose that the product contains the Bt gene, should organic produce also have to be labeled when it is sprayed with the live bacteria (Bacillus thuringiensis) that naturally makes the pesticide?
Explain your position. (2 Points)
3. A few foods in our diet contain allergens that can cause life-threatening reactions in sensitive individuals. The FDA already has mandated that food labels indicate whether food contains potentially allergic substances, such as peanut proteins in tomatoes.
However, some previously unknown allergen may be created in the new genetically engineered plant. (8 points)
Should the FDA be required to reveal the origin of new DNA that has been added to the crop (i.e., bacterial, viral, fish, tomato)? Explain your position.
Does it make a difference if the DNA has a human origin? Explain your position.
4. Many people are unaware that foods they typically eat contain GM foods. About 75 percent of processed foods in the United States contain a GM ingredient. (6 points)
If these foods were labeled, would consumers stop buying them? Explain your position.
If restaurants that served these foods made note of the GM ingredients on their labels, do you think there would be consumer resistance? Explain you position.