Rutgers Model United Nations - IDIA
Rutgers Model United Nations 15 a precedent for allowing citizens to decide, as was seen with the pressure put on Russian importers to ban GM foods. Russia’s leading importers of food and feed have bans on GM foods, as per request of the Russian people. In Eastern Europe, however, where climate conditions can be harsh and many states are still developing, genetically modified crops can serve as a valuable tool in the fight for food security. Asia Similar to Africa, Asian states may consider their trade status with exporters of genetically modified crops as well as their food security when considering GM foods. Genetically engineered foods can serve as a base for fighting against hunger within these states, as well as a topic for debate on potential environmental effects of these crops. With rice being a staple crop within most of Asian states, genetically modified rice can be bolstered with essential vitamins and nutrients to offset the absence of other foods. Soybeans, potatoes, and corn are also popular crops within Asian states, and the use of genetically modified versions of these crops, in addition to the use of rice, can bolster food security as well as the foods nutritional value. Concerns over GM foods are still GM foods.
Rutgers Model United Nations 16 Millennium Development Goals – Successes and Failures GM foods relate directly to the Millennium Development Goals on three different levels. The most obvious of which is goal to eradicate world hunger. Genetically modified crops can be developed to not only increase crop yields, but also increase the shelf life and nutritional value of these foods. Having larger quantities of staple crops available to developing states is a great way for Millennium Development Goals: The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest. 1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger 2. Achieve universal primary education 3. Promote gender equality and empower women 4. Reduce child mortality 5. Improve maternal health 6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases 7. Ensure environmental sustainability 8. Develop a global partnership for development the United Nations to curb the world hunger issue. Furthermore, foods can be developed that will thrive in otherwise harmful weather conditions, allowing states with harsh climates to harvest more of their own food, instead of relying heavily on imports. Finally, since the majority of food donated to UN relief funds comes from the United States, GM foods will continue to be present in UN relief efforts, and US involvement is critical to the fulfillment of this particular Millennium Development Goal. Genetically engineered foods also serve to benefit the fight against HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. Foods can be genetically modified to contain vaccines and medications necessary to preventing the spread of and curing critical diseases. This modification provides a cheaper solution to not only feed the people in areas where disease is rampant, but also a more effective way of delivering medicine to the people who need it. While citizens from developed states may be able to afford adequate healthcare, those in developing states find healthcare to be a rare commodity. With the use of GM foods as a carrier for medicines, the United Nations can make serious progress in the fight against such highly contagious and detrimental diseases. The final Millennium Development Goal associated with genetically engineered foods is the goal to ensure environmental stability. Critics of genetically engineered