A Common Fear Of Genetically Modified Organisms ( Gmos ) Essay

733 Words Nov 12th, 2016 3 Pages
In China there is a common fear of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), according to the New York Times article, “In Push for G.M.O.s, China Battles Fears of 8-Legged Chickens” by Amie Tsang and Cao Li, “For many in China, the term “genetically modified food” evokes nightmares: poisoned seeds, contaminated fields, apocryphal images of eight-legged chickens”. I found it interesting that last year in China KFC, a fried-chicken fast food chain, sued three internet companies that claimed they were using GMO chickens with 6 wings and 8 legs to make their products (Tsang). My initial thought was, are the KFC products in the United States made from mutated chickens? The article expresses that the claims were false but I can see how that still might not calm someone with a fear of GMOs who now cannot think about KFC without thinking about mutated chickens and the potential health risks. It also brings to mind how even though the world’s chickens may not be genetically modified, with all the growth hormones and antibiotics being shoved into their diets I would not automatically assume that meat on the market today is harmless.
I think it’s important that the article reverenced the food scandals that China have faced before and how they have contributed to the fear of genetically engineered or modified foods. For example, milk producers once added a chemical to make milk look protein-rich, and as a result six babies died and hundreds of others got sick. Perhaps it was because of…

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