Genetically Modified Organisms : The Food Shortage Caused By Overpopulation

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Genetically Modified Organisms Using genetically modified organisms to enhance the production of food, is a new technique for solving the food shortage caused by overpopulation in the world. Food labeling is needed to educate consumers about the ingredients in food that may contain some form of chemicals and pesticides. Consumers play a major role in deciding whether products containing genetically modified organisms remain economically stable. Produce, crops and animals are sources of food commonly enhanced by genetically modified organisms. Although many states require the labeling of GMOs, there are many that do not. Often genetically modified foods are the cause of allergies and other health problems affecting consumers ate. According to Farquhar (2016) “A plant or animal is defined as a genetically modified organism if its DNA has been altered using genetic engineering techniques”. The food industry has used this technology to create pest-resistant plants and disease-resistant animals in an effort to ensure more of a stable food supply. With the progression of genetic engineering, it is virtually possible to enhance crops, animals and individual genes more precisely with desired characteristics. (Institute of Food Technologists, 2000). In the mid1990s genetically engineered (GE) foods began to appear in the marketplace, —unbeknownst to most consumers who may have not noticed the increase in population (Institute of Food Technologists, 2000).…

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