Essay about Genetically And Non Genetically Modified Foods

1608 Words Jan 7th, 2016 7 Pages
Imagine this situation: Jennifer walks into a supermarket, and she goes through the aisles, buying a majority of healthy fruits, veggies, and lean meats. She undergoes this same shopping trip every week, believing eating a diet replete with healthy fruits, veggies, and proteins will lead to a long, healthy life. However, fifty years from now, Jennifer finds out she has cancer. How could this happen? Jennifer never acknowledged the difference between genetically modified and non-genetically modified foods; turns out she had been eating cancer causing, genetically modified foods, or GMOs, her whole life.
What makes food genetically modified? To genetically engineer a crop, biotechnologists take a gene, or genes, from one plant, and put that gene into another plant. Everyday biotechnologists transform an abundance of once natural foods into genetically modified foods. Infact, almost all of the foods people consume today contain GMOs, including most fruits, vegetables, supplements, animal feeds, and vegetable oils. In addition, almost all restaurants use genetically modified cooking oils as well (Smith). More specifically, the most abundant GMOs in the food market include soy, corn, cottonseed, and canola, and vegetable oil. Also, Hawaiian papaya, zucchini, yellow squash, and dairy commodities from cows, that consumed genetically modified grain (Smith). GMOs are everywhere. People need to stop buying food containing GMOs, that profit biotech companies, because of the severe…

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