Against Gmos Essay

1026 Words May 11th, 2012 5 Pages
If We Are What We Eat, What Have We Become?
When I think of all-natural foods, my mind is filled with thoughts of free range chicken, organic vegetables, and farm fresh eggs. I envision the farmer, tending his crops; the baker selling his goods. One thing that does not come to mind is Genetically Modified Organisms. Everywhere we turn, GMOs are popping up at an alarming rate. The scary thing is that many people are not even aware they are consuming these products. As of now, companies who manufacture GMOs are not required to label their products as such. These foods that are consumed by millions of people every day are still permitted to be labeled as "all natural." Producers of genetically-modified organisms should be required to
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Along with increased soy allergies, there is also a greater chance of developing allergies to other foods when genetically modified organisms are used.
Genetically modified organisms are not without their benefits. Scientists are now able to encode rice with extra vitamins, minerals, and proteins. This is a major breakthrough for countries in which rice is indispensable. Although not yet available for human consumption, this is a major step in the right direction for GMO manufacturers. When GMO rice is available, residents of underdeveloped countries will be able to get the nutrients they so badly need.
Oklahoma State University researchers are currently finding ways to make an allergen free peanut. Many of today’s children suffer from being hypersensitive to peanuts; a growing number of schools will not allow peanut products on the premises. Even the mere smell of a peanut can cause anaphylaxis in the most severe cases. With genetically modified peanuts, these same children could be free from the dire consequences of smelling one of childhood’s greatest meals: the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Plant seeds can also be manipulated to be more resistant to viruses; some even have pesticides built right into them. This eliminates the need to spray harmful chemicals onto crops. With all these technological advances, it seems as though crops will soon be farming

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