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Eesa10 H3 S Assignment #2

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1. The American regulatory policy forms its main foundation for decisions regarding genetically modified foods through the basis that they are “the product of genetic modification and selection” (Lynch & Vogel, 2001). US regulatory agencies view genetic modifications as “substantially equivalent” to traditional breeding methods unless there is a significant difference (M.J. & A.White, 2010). Due to this, it is a requirement for US agencies to show that GM foods are less safe for usage and concentrate on whether a certain product of genetically modified technology is safe (M.J. & A.White, 2010). US’s approach depends largely on scientific estimates of possible harms and benefits that made up ...view middle of the document...

J. & A.White, 2010).
US and the EU also have different approaches about labelling. The US has less strict policies regarding labelling. But the EU requires an extensive amount of testing; labeling, traceability and monitoring of agricultural products (Dr P. Onusic, 2012).
In my opinion, I support the US’s viewpoint on GM foods. I agree with the cost benefit analysis as one must carefully outweigh the benefits versus the costs of GM technology. Incorporating GM technology into use can solve many global issues such as increasing population, poverty, and fighting malnutrition in poor and developing countries. As well, it can produce more of available variety of healthy fruits and vegetables and maintain reasonable food prices around the world. Therefore, it is no doubt that genetic engineering is a fast and cost effective way to combat these issues (White, 2013). Furthermore, the usage of GM foods can also help to produce more food in a sustainable way: GM crop allows farmers to produce more yields per hectare. Currently, there are no adverse health effects reported around the world from eating GM foods (Keating, 2012). But, safely testing of this biotech still need to be put in place as there are always uncertainties and risks in newly discovered technologies. The benefits are greater than the costs of having GM technology and that is why I am on the same position as the US.

2. (i) The key difference between dose-response curve (a) and dose-response curve (b) as shown in the graph is that dose-response curve (b) has a higher threshold level than dose-response curve (a). (ii) This difference is significant because it indicates that dose-response curve (b) represents a safer dose than dose-response curve (a) because one can increase the exposure level for the chemical represented by dose-response curve (b) yet produce zero response. This difference also demonstrates that the chemical of...

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