Genetically Modified Organisms : Human And Environmental Health

808 Words Oct 10th, 2014 4 Pages
Food is a part of our every-day lives, it is what nourishes our bodies and provides us with the energy to carry out the day. However, the introduction of genetically modified organisms changes the way we see food—for better or worse. Genetically modified organisms have had a specific gene from their genome altered, or a foreign gene introduced. This alteration or introduction of a (foreign) gene alters characteristics of the organism, usually a change in nutrition, herbicide resistance, or size. The effects of genetically modified organisms are not immediately prevalent, but as a result of lacking research into these organisms along with their increased use, we are now starting to realize the consequences of using such methods to conveniently alter foods to our bodies and our environment.
Concerns about genetically modified organisms relate to both human and environmental health. It is well known that the effects of releasing and consuming genetically modified organisms are unknown; and yet the trend continues to grow. According to the FDA more than 60% of all processed food on U.S. supermarket shelves contain ingredients from engineered soybeans, corn, or canola.
“In the past decade or so, the biotech plants that go into these processed foods have leaped from hothouse oddities to crops planted on a massive scale—on 130 million acres (52.6 million hectares) in 13 countries, among them Argentina, Canada, China, South Africa, Australia, Germany, and Spain. On U.S. farmland,…

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