Tuesday, 06 August 2013 01:05

GMOs

“The development of higher-yield and fast-growing crops through increased technology, pesticides, and fertilizers transferred from the developed to developing world to alleviate the problem of food supply in those regions of the globe.”

This revolution changed the lives and health of teenagers today. Starting in the 1940′s through 1970′s, crops for consumption could now be mass-produced through the use of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) as well as bountiful amounts of pesticides.

Because of GMOs, several risks arise when one devours their long-awaited meal. New allergens, increased toxicity, decreased nutrition, and antibiotic resistance now come into consideration when consuming foods purchased from supermarkets (Bernstein et al., 2003). Previous generations of teenagers did not need to worry about such problems. They simply ate food.

The Green Revolution caused what we now consider the “Green World” we try to live in. Organic food, grown and harvested without the adulteration of GMOs and pesticides, line the produce sections of virtually all grocery stores. The prices, substantially more expensive, pay off for the health benefits one gains (or the unhealthy consequences one doesn’t gain).

Take a look at the difference between “normal” tomatoes and organic tomatoes. Tomatoes, the first genetically modified food to reach super markets, have obvious differences when compared to the organic selection. The color differences are frightening. The previous generations did not have to face this extreme health and food problem.