The Positive 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
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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 …show more content…
Jeffery Smith suggests the best way to avoid GMOs, “If someone is seeking to limit their intake of genetically modified crop inputs, then one can either buy organic products or buy products that say non-GMO on their label.” People can also go through the label and avert from the GMO ingredients. Additionally, people should try to avoid eating non organic zucchini, yellow squash, and sweet corn all together (Smith). People must know what products to look for and avoid to refrain from GMOs. Not all products of genetically modified soy and corn are obvious, such as dextrose and maltodextrin. In addition, many restaurants use GMOs, so people should try to avoid going out to eat as much as possible, or ask for, for example, food cooked in olive oil instead of vegetable oil

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