Mandatory Labeling Of Genetically Modified Food Essay

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Mandatory labeling of Genetically Modified food (GM) also known as Genetically engineered (GE) or Genetically Modified organisms (GMO’s) has become controversial and a debatable topic in our society. Today, more than 170 million acres plants varieties of GM crops and the US still remain as the largest producers harvesting about 43% of total GM crops (Hallman et. al, 2013). Lessick et al., 2002 stated that about 60% of processed foods sold in US supermarkets contain a GM ingredient.

Proponents and Opponents of GM foods have spent thousands of dollar to influence consumers. The support from the consumers is vital because their perception towards GM food determines the market. A genetically Modified food have benefits but they come with costs. GM foods could make plants more resistible with pests and herbs; increases crop yield can have balanced nutritional ingredients, often cheaper to consume. Lewis (2004), Paterson (2003) and Wall (2004) writes genetic improvements allow producers to potentially lower prices, increase the quality of meat and milk products, and possibly increase resistance to diseases.

Genetically modified foods have cost too. Consumers might have to bear the costs of allergic response, long-term effects on health and environment, and last but the not the least, the ethical dilemma. Mellman Group (2006) and Zhang& Jargo (2009) have argued that animal welfare organizations and consumers at a certain level don’t support technological uses for milk and meat…

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