Genetically Modified Foods And The Consumption Of Non Gmo Food

1167 Words Oct 14th, 2015 5 Pages
Tomatoes, soy, sugar, and cotton do not have much in common… or do they? All of these food items are all on a list that claims these are a part of the Top Ten GMO food. The WHO (World Health Organization) describes GMOs (genetically modified organisms) as “organisms (i.e. plants, animals or microorganisms) in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally by mating and/or natural recombination” (Frequently Asked Par. 2). A movement has taken hold called the Non-GMO Project. The movement promotes the labeling of GM food and the consumption of non-GMO food rather than GM food. However, GM food have wormed their way into the pockets and plates of American citizens. Genetically modified organisms make up about seventy percent of the food found in today’s grocery stores. By using genetically modified crops, prices will remain how they are unlike the increased prices of non-genetically modified food, there will be more food as GM crops are immune to many diseases, and GMOs have substantially higher nutritional values providing a way to feed the world for less. With people penny pinching, not many people will enjoy the raised prices of non-GMO food when offered low priced GMO food. As reported by Kim McLynn, a reporter for NPD, studies show not many consumers will pay extra for non-GMO food at the market. “A recent NPD food market research study on GMO awareness and concern among consumers finds that 67% of all primary grocery shoppers are…

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