What fruit or vegetable are you comparing? Papaya
17 inches lengthwise
No smell when uncut
15 inches in length
|Where was it grown/imported from (country, state, etc.)?
|Where were observations made (farmers market, Walmart, etc.)?
Short Answer Questions (Minimum of 150 words each)
What are the some of the arguments for labeling GM foods?
One of the main arguments for labeling GM foods is to enable customers to make informed decisions when they want to buy it. For instance, showing the nutritional value of a GM food can influence the buyer’s choice on whether to purchase it depending on their nutritional needs. Generally, many people do not trust GM nourishments but food labeling can counter this as they contain a wide range of vitamins and minerals which play a major role in promoting individuals’ well-being. Most importantly, GM nourishments have been associated with allergies when consumed (Bawa, and K. R. 1041). As such, labeling GM foods is considered necessary as it can safeguard people who might not be tolerant of them.
What are some of the arguments against it?
Proponents of GM foods argue that GM foods are sane and nontoxic and therefore, no need for labeling. Others claim that these nourishments are not different from the conventional crops in terms of nutritional value (Vecchione, Charles and Shahla 331). More so, GM foods are said to offer a wide range of health benefits.
What side do you feel is more valid, why?
I think that the arguments for labeling GM foods are more valid. This is because everyone deserves to know which nourishments they are consuming and make decisions based on that information.
Do you feel as though GMO foods are the answer to end world hunger? Why or why not? If GMOs are the answer to the shortages, why do food prices keep going up?
Given that GMO foods are more economical to grow, they are the answer to end the world hunger. For instance, farmers can harvest a large amount of nourishment using a small piece of land. More so, these crops possess multiple characteristics such as resistance to pests, meaning that they can be relied upon to feed the universe. However, food prices keep on increasing day by day. This is because farmers and companies who have GMO technologies want to make more money, making it difficult for them to sell their produce at cheaper prices.
What are some ethical concerns or benefits of using GMOs based on the Christian Worldview?
Based on the Christian world view, one of the ethical concerns about using GMOs is that the technology interferes with nature. In addition, the Catholic Church fears that “a new form of slavery” might be introduced since farmers will have to rely on the provision of proprietary seeds.
Bawa, A. S., and K. R. Anilakumar. “Genetically modified foods: safety, risks and public concerns—a review.” Journal of food science and technology 50.6 (2013): 1035-1046.
Vecchione, Melissa, Charles Feldman, and Shahla Wunderlich. “Consumer knowledge and attitudes about genetically modified food products and labelling policy.” International journal of food sciences and nutrition 66.3 (2015): 329-335.