There is not necessarily a solution to the problems I have presented in my post, but definitely steps to improve the situation that would provide benefits to everyone on the spectrum of this issue. And I believe that this all stems from stricter regulation.
In terms of genetically modified organisms (and other food products, like aspartame and dietary supplements) there should not be an end to it, rather, stricter regulation. GMOs are being treated as a sustainable method of farming, however until it’s safety is fully determined it should only be a temporary resolution. We must realize that GMOs aren’t an all around horrible advancement. After all, we’ve been genetically modifying organisms through crossbreeding for hundreds of years now. There must also be stricter regulations of GMOs companies and the FDA. According to the FDA website, the
“FDA encourages developers of GE plants to consult with the agency before marketing their products. Although the consultation is voluntary…”
For those who support the use of GMOs: stricter regulation, as opposed to halting GMO production entirely, will allow the companies and businesses (like Monsanto) making a profit in this field to still be able to thrive, if following correct safety guidelines under the careful eye of the FDA. This also would require mandatory labeling of ingredients on all products.
For those who do not support: Will have the knowledge and security that what is being sold to them has been checked by the FDA thoroughly. They will be able to benefit from seeing all ingredients in the product being used.
In regards to locations of pollutant-producing products, these as well will need stricter regulations. Again, not necessarily banning smelters or power plants entirely, just providing more guidelines for the corporation owners. Specifically guidelines on locations of plants, and the amount of pollution they’re allowed to emit from a certain distance near a residential neighborhood. The official EPA website provides a list of the policies for these companies that are already in place. However, a more prominent governmental push for greener and safer production methods could possible create a bigger incentive for these companies to actively search for better, more sustainable ways to control waste products.
In fact, it already seems like this initiative is about to take place. According to another EPA source, on August 3, 2015, President Obama and the EPA drafted the “Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants”. This is an excerpt of initiative:
“…the final Clean Power Plan is fair, flexible and designed to strengthen the fast-growing trend toward cleaner and lower-polluting American energy. With strong but achievable standards for power plants, and customized goals for states to cut pollution…”
These regulation suggestions are entirely attainable and are one of the most reasonable actions that would please both ends of this issue.