Sunday, February 28, 2016

Op-Ed Gentically modified salmon

In "Tell consumers what you're eating" by the Editorial board (2015) they really propel the topic of Salmon and its' distribution among the United States. The topic of Salmon being labeled is argued throughout with the authors plea of labeling salmon.

The Editorial board describes their argument thoroughly and clear, and their argument is against genetically modified food "label it as genetically engineered." By stating the issue about salmon at first, it gives the readers a quick background of the topic "The salmon...has genes inserted that allow it to grow to market size twice as fast." The author tries to enforce the main topic of genetically modified salmon being brought into the market in order to grow faster and bigger. The author then describes the responses of people towards the change of salmon being genetically modified and how it will be controlled "The salmon will be made sterile...unable to breed with other salmon." This statement is included as a counterargument, but the author rebutted it by stating that there could never be a true regulator because anything can happened. This issue has become a great impact to the consumers because salmon is being genetically modified, but there is no labels to actually notify them whether it is genetically modified or not. The author seems to be successful when building the argument against genetically modified salmon, and believing that it should at least be labeled for its consumers to know what they're eating.

Work cited:
Editorial Board. "The New York Times." Tell Consumers What They Are Eating. New York Times, 1 Dec. 2015. Web. 24 Feb. 2016.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Thoreau's argument

Henry David Thoreau in “Walden” created the idea that simplicity is the key to living life. Thoreau’s idea about simplicity should be taken in account in today's world.

Thoreau states “Food, shelter, clothing, and fuel” (11). These four items in life are what are “necessary of life,” yet he emphasizes that man will want more; man only wants more because man never gets fulfilled. Today, people have the greatest material item but when they see someone with a greater one they emulate them. Thoreau states “I went to the woods...I did not wish to live what was not life” (80). This statement by Thoreau illustrates that because he went to the woods he uncovered the meaning of living. If he hadn't gone to the woods he would've never known he wasn't living life. Being in the woods, proved to Thoreau that a man needs to learn how to appreciate necessities. Since people today are surrounded by technology they don't appreciate what life has to offer as necessities.Thoreau questioned whether living his life was truly living life.

On the other hand, people argue against Thoreau’s ideas of simplicity when saying that people shouldn't focus on four essentials when life can offer many more. This is true but “Our life is frittered away by detail” (Thoreau 81). If man has many essentials in life, man will only focus on the materials in life. In today's world people should be pleased with having any materials, but when they see people with better they aspire. People should be satisfied with the needed and not the wanted in life.

Thoreau's ideals in the 1800’s connect to the 21st century because in this world people focus more on materials in life and this is preventing people from actually living life.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Negatives of Gmos

In Andrea Donsky's article "What's so bad about GMO's? Top ten reasons to avoid them" (2014), she proclaims the her unknowingly audience that they probably do not know they are eating genetically modified food because of the lack of labeling. Donsky then states all the effects that genetically modified food has on people and the environment.

Donsky's purpose of this article was to inform people about genetically modified organisms and their effects. By informing more people about this issue she can spark an ignition to start action against GMO's. One important factor she notes is about the lack of labeling food "federal regulations on labeling foods that contain GMO's, none have passed" ;and because of this food companies as well do not want to tell their customers if their food is genetically modified because of the fear of losing clientele. However, by not telling their customers, or not labeling, many impacts on human health could be rising without the person even knowing. As Donsky states "GMO's have only been in out diet since mid '90s...what the long-term health impacts truly are" she makes the point of the citizens of America being left out on any information regarding the true effects of GMO's because they haven't been around long enough to be justified. Some of the negative impacts Donsky states include "pesticides...cancer...environmental...super weeds...patent issues..." These are just some of the risks she states but there could always be more that have not been discovered yet. All these issues in some way revolve around the topic of the people or environment. Donsky chooses all these negative impacts for a reason; the reason being she wants her audience to not feel ignorant in society but "in the loop." She wants her audience to know the harms of GMO's and she does it well.

Donsky, Andrea. "What's So Bad About GMOs? Top Ten Reasons to Avoid Them." What's So Bad About GMOs? Top Ten Reasons to Avoid Them. 9 Sept. 2014. Web. 05 Feb. 2016. <>.i