Throughout this blog, I have been trying to make sense of the consumption and use of genetically modified organisms. Before researching into the various uses of GMOs, I didn’t understand why Americans continue to alter the makeup of foods. I assumed GMOs only negatively impacted society, contributing to overpopulation and animal cruelty.
If anything, I have learned that there are multiple perspectives to consider when analyzing a cultural practice. While the use of GMOs might not make sense to an animal activist, it might to doctor or to a human rights advocate. Genetic modification has become a popular practice for a reason. We rely on genetic modification to keep up with growing demands for meat and produce, and to regulate industrial practices. GMOs allow for the fast production of foods at a relatively low cost and have contributed to significant medical advances.
Some companies like Monsanto engage in corrupt marketing practices and we have allowed for them to give all GMOs a bad reputation. We can’t lump GMOs together into one category, but should evaluate them on a case-by-case basis.
Hopefully, supporters and opponents of genetic modification can learn from each other, and work to settle ethical disputes. GMOs have the potential to better society, but only if we resolve the moral conflicts that surround them.