Genetic Engineering : Genetically Modified Food Essay

1431 Words Nov 29th, 2016 6 Pages
Unnatural Genetic Mutation Genetic engineering in agriculture has become a problem throughout the United States and many people remain unaware of the risks involved with genetically modified food. So, what exactly is genetically modified food and why is it so harmful? Genetically modified foods, also referred to as GMOs, are the unnatural manipulation of an organism’s DNA in order to produce mutated offspring. People in today’s society are not aware of the potentially harmful side effects because the United States government approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and also profit from the sales of these products. These crops were introduced into the world in the year 1994 and “ever since the earliest breakthrough in DNA research were announced, critics have been asking scientists to slow down and take a closer look at the potential risks posed by their research or perhaps to abandon that research entirely” (Newton). More than sixty countries around the world have put significant restrictions on the production and sales of genetically modified foods because the crops are considered extremely unsafe to the population (GMO). Genetically engineered crops are not required to be labeled in the United States and are not separated from the rest of the nation’s regular food supply. Modified foods in the U.S make up to seventy to eighty percent of the food that the population consumes. Due to the lack of labeling, the population has…

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