DON’T Eat THIS or ELSE…

Wadyka, Sally. “DON’T Eat THIS or ELSE…” Yoga Journal Sept. 2015: 63-69. Print.

 

This publication comes from a magazine.

It’s purpose is to discuss the harmful effects that foods such as rice, GMOs and carrageenan have on human health.

 

Thesis: Though there is no evidence that suggests that GMOs are harmful to human health, it is best to limit your exposure to them as much as possible. The only GE crops that are being commercially sold in the United States are soy, corn, sugar beets, alfalfa, papaya, canola, cotton and some amounts of summer squash. However, because majority of the processed foods contain some form of soy or corn in it, it is estimated that about 60 to 70 percent of those foods have genetically modified material. Opponents of GMOs are concerned with the pesticide RoundUp being used on GM crops, because it could be a possible carcinogen and harmful to human health. Other critics say that using RoundUp has given rise to pesticide-resistant superweeds, which can cause environmental issues.

 

The appeals used in this source use a mixture of logos and ethos to support the argument. The use of statistics such as the percentage of GMOs that make up processed foods shows a logical standpoint of just how common GMOs are in the food supply. Wadyka does a good job of acknowledging both sides of the spectrum of public attitude toward GMOs, and then using ethos by referring to Gregory Jaffe, director of the biotechnology project for the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, DC to show an expert’s opinion.

 

This connects to my probe because it addresses the safety of consuming GMOs as well as the potential health risks and environmental weaknesses with the regulatory system of producing GM crops. It describes that the lack of scientific evidence as well as dangerous chemicals such as pesticides and pesticide-resistant plants such as superweeds should make a person steer clear from GM foods for the time being.

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