Genetically Modified Food Products Catches Customer 's Eyes Essay

897 Words Apr 19th, 2016 4 Pages
Strolling down the grocery aisle, bold blue and green labels declaring “non-gmo” on food products catches customer’s eyes. What do these labels mean? According to the World Health Organization, “Genetically modified (GM) foods are foods derived from organisms whose genetic material (DNA) has been modified in a way that does not occur naturally, e.g. through the introduction of a gene from a different organism” (“Food”).In other words, genetically modified foods are foods whose DNA contains materials from other sources. Genetically modified foods are also abbreviated as “GMO” or they can also be called “genetically engineered food”. How does consuming genetically modified food affect people and the environment? The increasing production of genetically modified foods has played a negative role in the health of humans and the environment through the pesticides used, the decrease in nutrition, and cross- pollination. One of the main purposes for creating genetically modified foods was to create foods that are higher in nutrition. But, as studies show, when you try to increase the presence of a vitamin or mineral in a product through genetically engineering process, other essential vitamins or minerals that occur naturally in that food are shown to be deficient. Genetically modified foods contain less nutrition compared to non-genetically modified foods.
According to the article “GMO and the Nutritional Content of Food,”
A gene selected for modification can increase or…

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