Playing With Our Food
by Heedee on February 10, 2015 - 4:57pm
Processed and genetically modified foods are being eaten by almost everyone, every day. Almost every food at your local store has been processed or is genetically modified to taste good, to look good and in fact to be sold at a cheaper price. GMOs are done by “extracting DNA from one species and injecting it into another” (Dr.OZ). While processed foods being quite similar are when you add chemicals to raw, natural foods so the process of making the product is faster and therefore able to produce great quantities of the product. Processed foods are also very convenient for the consumer since it’s cheaper and fast and easy to make.
However, the point is that as much it benefits the consumers economically, especially the farmers it is morally unethical to poison our bodies with these chemicals.
Following the teleological approach we should look at this situation in terms of the future since looking at long term consequence is what proves that it will bring greater good to more people if there weren’t GMOs and processed food (Merril 11). By looking at how GMOs and processed food can affect us we can understand that not eating these types of foods will bring the greater good amongst the people. People will be healthier, therefore live longer; the earth itself will be prone to less drastic environmental changes therefore prevent any greater harm. Also, by adding these chemicals onto our crops we are giving chances to insects, for example to adapt and sometimes mutate, therefore affecting our food chain.
Although, it is realistic to say there are certain delicate situations to consider such as a family of 6 that has only one working parent. It’s true that there are families like this one that can’t afford to buy organic foods or always guarantee some freshly home cook meals; sometimes buying those $1.39 hamburgers at McDonald is what gets them through the day. However, if we were all to think about our problems that we had at this moment we would not realize the impact those decisions would make long term wise. Yes, the parents would probably be happy that they were able to feed their children but who would take care of those children when they start getting health related problems. Who would pay those bills? By trying to save money one way you’re paying double or even triple the amount to the health care system. Therefore, it’s more logical and morally right to do everything that will keep the people and the earth healthy and maintain its longevity.
Furthermore, by avoiding eating processed and genetically modified food it will prevent people from eating at fast foods and therefore decrease the rate of humans who suffer from obesity in America. Above all that, there’s the unknown behind GMOs and that is that since human genetics is so complex it is hard to determine the long term effect (Murnaghan 2) therefore, the people are putting themselves in a situation that puts their health at risk.
Thus, eating genetically and chemically modified food will not benefit the most people with regards to long term consequences and it is morally incorrect to put humans in a situation of risk since it prevents them from receiving the greater good.
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Marianopolis College. 2015. Print.
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