Good And Negative Effects Of Genetically Modified Food

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Imagine this situation: Jennifer walks into a supermarket, and she goes through the aisles, buying a majority of healthy fruits, veggies, and lean meats. She undergoes this same shopping trip every week, believing eating a diet replete with healthy fruits, veggies, and proteins will lead to a long, healthy life. However, fifty years from now, Jennifer finds out she has cancer. How could this happen? Jennifer never acknowledged the difference between genetically modified and non-genetically modified foods; turns out she had been eating cancer causing, genetically modified foods, or GMOs, her whole life.
What makes food genetically modified? To genetically engineer a crop, biotechnologists take a gene, or genes, from one plant, and put that gene into another plant. Everyday biotechnologists transform an abundance of once natural foods into genetically modified foods. Infact, almost all of the foods people consume today contain GMOs, including most fruits, vegetables, supplements, animal feeds, and vegetable oils. In addition, almost all restaurants use genetically modified cooking oils as well (Smith). More specifically, the most abundant GMOs in the food market include soy, corn, cottonseed, and
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Some serious health problems resulting from eating GMOs include cancer, bleeding stomachs, intestinal damage, and liver disease (Smith). Furthermore, research done with animals that had consumed GMOs showed some of the seemingly endless risks; infertility, immune troubles, stimulated aging, poor insulin control, and alterations in important organs and the gastrointestinal system (Mercola). For example, tests with rats that ingested BT from GMOs have shown potentially precancerous cell growth in their digestive tracts, and negative immune responses (Smith). The negative immune responses cause the body to lose the ability to fight off serious infections and

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