Genetically Modified Foods: The Future Of Genetically Modified Foods

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What is in our food? Now, many do not care to know exactly what is in their food, as long as it tastes good. However, people should be more cautious about what they consume because genetic engineering has been evolving everyday foods with the help of technological advancements. Genetic Engineering has generated controversial questions regarding GM (genetically modified) foods. GM foods have impacted the economy negatively, by imposing environmental problems, health risks, and how labeling should be mandatory in production.
The basis of genetic engineering is modifying an organism 's genetic composition by transferring specific traits (genes) from one organism into another. In this case, modifying both plants and animals raises potential concerns
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All of these terms will be essential parts in explaining how GM foods are harmful to both humans and the environment. The beginning of genetic transformation in plant and animals was in 1983 to 1989, however the U.S. government regulated biotechnology with three agencies: the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); the US Department of Agriculture (USDA); and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These three agencies have provided an impact in farming all across the United States. This is shown in evidence from 2004, that 8.25 farmers in over seventeen countries have cultivated genetic crops. As for the U.S., global lands planted are 57% GM crops. For better understanding that is equal to 47.6 million hectares of land utilized by the U.S. alone. As new improvements in biotechnology bring an increase of concern and problems; and still today scientists and people question the safety of GMOs.
Genetically modified foods have rose multiple concerns in agricultural production due to unexpected genetic mutations making crops herbicide resistant or BT resistant, thus decreasing crop
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Industries estimate that labeling will be perceived as negative and will be replaced with organic ingredients and organic foods. Concerns will rise because the safety of GM foods is not entirely perfect based on potential hazards. Consumer Union is in favor of mandatory labeling because consumers have the right to know what is in their food. Labeling should be required and Jean Halloran supports this by stating how there are already labels on frozen foods, so by adding GMOs is an extra step that will inform the consumer. Some might say that there is no point to labeling but others would like to know what they might possibly be eating. By knowing and understanding what GMOs are and how they affect you can play an important part in picking out foods at the grocery

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