Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Journal Four Rebecca Aleshire

Journal Four

     From the movie that we watched in class I have decided that GMO’s are both a bad thing and a good thing. The companies that help produce GMO crops say we use them to help other countries from starving. However those people burn the seeds because they say they are the “Seeds of death.” They are not natural to the earth so they refuse to grow the seeds. One statistic is that 80% of the GMO’s that are grown world wide are engineered for herbicide tolerance yet most people who were asked if they were okay with GMO’s had no clue what they are. I asked my mother and grandma if they knew what they were and they had never heard of it. To me this is a problem because it is so hard to get away from GMO’s that are in foods.

     Another statistic that I learned was that 5.1 billion pesticides are put on crops. This is an issue because the weeds and insects grow a tolerance to the pesticides. So they have to increase how much they have to put on the crops each year. However from all of these negative things I think GMO’s are okay if they could prove that it doesn’t have harmful effects. Also if we had the food with GMO’s labeled it would give people the choice if they wanted to eat it or not. It wouldn’t be on the companies that produce GMO crops because they gave the consumers the choice to know what is in the food that we eat everyday.


  1. I completely agree. There seem to be positives and negatives to GMOs and it is difficult to see the line. Labeling really does seem like the best start to solving the problem, or at least educating people on what they are consuming.

  2. I think that we should have labels on all the foods that have GMOs. I think that we should be able to decide if we want to eat them. I find it sad though that there are so many foods that have them. I was shocked to find out that some countries have banned GMOs and some states in America have required labeling.

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  4. I also seem to be on the fence about GMOs still. After watching the film it did make me want to go anti GMO for a minute just because of the chemicals that we could be taking in and because they claim they can help end hunger, but one of the farmers in the film claimed that after an experiment conventional fields and organic fields can actually produce the same amount, so why go for something other than what we know for a fact is healthy for us. Money? Probably. The other side of things though is the fact that it is already in the food I eat daily and have been eating for years. Although whatever chemicals are in it can affect me 30 to 40 years down the roads so can cancer or a heart attack with or without GMOs. So what I am saying is I don't think I will start an up roar if food products don't get labeled for GMOs, but I still am not convinced to care either way after watching the film.

  5. I totally agree with you, it's sad to think that America is one of the biggest in terms of the world economy and it still is behind on such an important issue as feeding its citizens. You would think a country as advanced as America would be able to come up with a better solution for feeding the public.


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