Genetically Modified Organisms And Health, Labeling, And The Environment

820 Words Sep 21st, 2016 4 Pages
When you see dextrose, soy lecithin, or high fructose corn syrup on a package of non-organic food, the food probably contains GMOs. GMOs are genetically modified organisms whose genes have been altered by some techniques of genetic engineering so, then the DNA contains one or more genes that are not normally found there from the beginning. When they are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from a bacteria, virus, insect, animals, or humans. The controversy itself is whether or not farmer should be using genetically modified organisms in their crops and if it is beneficial or not. Genetically modified organisms are a big controversy in agriculture and is based on health, labeling, and the environment. Genetically modified organsims are used in about 75% of major crops and should be discussed. A major concern about genetically modified organisms is the health of crops, animals, and people and how it affects them. According to Jennifer Clapp in The Political Economy of Food Aid in an Era of Agricultural Biotechnology, “The WFP scrambled to find non-GMO aid for Zambia, which had some 3 million people at risk of starvation.” This means some places aren’t taking food aid that has GMOs in it, which is causing people with a risk of starvation. Also, GMOs are helping a lot of countries with food aid. Jennifer Clapp found out that “The WFP estimated that around seventy- five percent of food aid to the region at…

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