Genetically Modified Food: What Is GMO Food?

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Organisms have been genetically modified for thousands for years. Dogs are bred together to make a new, better breeds. Fruits are crossbred to make new types of fruits. Today, most food is genetically modified. Over 70% of processed food in the United States is considered genetically modified. To be considered genetically modified, the food’s DNA must have been changed through genetic engineering (source E) The changes can be made in labs or by breeding different types of plants together. In the past few years there has been a lot of criticism toward genetically modified food. People view GMO food as unsafe and unnatural. Stores like Whole Foods, which is known for selling organic food, have begun to end the sale of products with genetically modified ingredients. People want to know what food is genetically modified and what is not. There is a big debate over if a law should be passed to require companies to label food non GMO or containing GMO. In the scientific community GMO food is viewed very differently. Many scientists and other people view GMO as a sign of scientific progress. Genetically modified food is truly not harmful to …show more content…
Many people believe a law should be passed that requires companies to label if a food contains GMO ingredients. People deserve to make the decision on their own whether they want to eat GMO food or not, “just as do consumers seeking kosher, halal or organic food” (source F). If people want to know if food is genetically modified, they should have to research it just like someone searching for halal food. The word genetically modified has a negative connotation to it; people will not want to buy food labeled genetically modified even though it is just as safe as regular food. By requiring companies to label their food in this way, the companies will lose business. Companies should not be required to label their food genetically modified or

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