Essay about Genetically Modified Organisms And Its Effect On Our Life

1136 Words Nov 28th, 2016 5 Pages
Have you ever heard of the saying, you are what you eat? This statement, by the second, is becoming truer. Most people do not think about what they eat until it is too late. Genetically modified organisms were created to improve our life. However, they are associated with various health risks and environmental issues, which stops them from actually being beneficial to our life. Therefore, genetically modified organisms need to be banned or labeled so that the Americans can choose whether they want to purchase them or not.
To begin, genetically modified organisms, also known as GMOS – “include one or more genes from another organism, such as a bacterium or other microbe or other plant species” (Monsanto). This means that GMOs are organisms in which the genetic material has been altered for different reasons. “Today’s genetically modified food crops are designed to resist certain pests or diseases, make them more drought tolerant or less prone to spoilage, or even to be more nutritious” (Introduction to Genetically Modified Food: At Issue). They are altering the way our food is really supposed to grow.
Next, genetically modified food can just about be found anywhere in the United States of America. “The US Department of Agriculture estimates that 90 percent of US soybeans, sugar beets, and corn is genetically modified, and food ingredients made from those crops—such as high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, soy lecithin, and corn starch—are found in most processed and packaged…

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