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Deceptions Biopharming Essay

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Food, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and insect control are among a few of the different avenues of Genetic Engineering (GE). One sad truth associated with genetic engineering is the lack of adequate testing to assure the health and well-being of society and the environment. The companies that hold the GE patents and our government seem to more concerned with profits, than that of human life and the effects on the environment. In this day and age, illnesses and other forms of aliments of our society are multiplying at alarming rates. Drug manufactures, in such a hurry to get their latest drugs to market, little, if any, testing is being done to assure that the drugs themselves are safe for human consumption. The risks of GE unknowns, far out-weight, the benefits to society and the environment. We, as society, must speak up and let our concerns know, before it is too late.Today headlines:Nearly 3 Million People Die Due to Severe Allergic Reactions!"Doomsday Tech" an episode of Modern Marvels, aired on the History Channel on the 28 day of December 2004, described the following scene. Welcome to the year 2021. Genetically engineered wonder seeds lead to the exploding wheat crops. There is a problem. The wheat seed was modified and a long-dormant gene was activated, causing severe allergic reactions in nearly 3 billion people. Years pass, before the connection is made, but now it is too late. The world's wheat supplies must be destroyed and a global food shortage sets in." Now we must ask ourselves, can this really become a reality? The answer is YES! This scenario is probable. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require safety testing and refuses to monitor the effects of genetically modified (GM) foods on public health. GM crops may produce dangerous allergens or toxins that are difficult to detect, therefore increases the likelihood that GM crops will make people sick in new, hard-to-track ways. GE seeds may just be the seeds of deception. These 'wonder seeds' are designed to not only bump up crop production, they are suppose to reduce the need for pesticides, fertilizer and even produce plants that can provide additional vitamins, nutrients, medications and other chemicals. Since its inception, the enterprise of GE has followed two different tracks: medical and agricultural. Medical applications, such as the engineering of microbes to produce pharmaceuticals, conducted under tightly controlled conditions, are normally subject to stringent testing, and sometimes offer clear benefits.Many of the drugs of today are manufactured in controlled scientific laboratories. For example, let's look at the arthritis drugs like Bextra®, Celebrex® and Vioxx®. These medications were recalled by FDA because of increased risk of heart attack, stroke, other heart related problems and serious allergies that could be fatal, but it was not until the onset of the adverse effects became public knowledge, that the recalls of these and other potently...

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