The Benefits Of GMO Foods

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Humans currently produce more food than they can consume; unfortunately a lot of this food is wasted every year. Naturally, we try to buy the products we consume based on their appearance alone. It is because of this, that a lot of the farm-grown products do not make it to the supermarket, and the products that do make it do not always sell on their totality. If a product doesn’t sell after a period of time, it 's thrown away even when the product is in perfectly good condition for human consumption. One of the solutions for this alarming problem, could be to increase the amount of GMO product that lacks non-cosmetic differences into our daily diet. Supermarkets in Washington should carry more GMO vegetables because it could reduce food waste …show more content…
In the U.S. an estimated 20 to 25% of all crops are lost due to weeds, pests, crop diseases and other causes of post-harvest losses (Kate Hall). On top of it currently farmers know that they are going to waste an extra 20% to 40% of their vegetable before they even start the growing season. Just because their vegetables are not the right size, texture or color. This unnecessary waste could be reduced by increasing the amount of GMO crops on the farms. Farmers grow their crops according to their customers need. If the demand of GMO products increase, more farmers will opt to grow more GMO products. The use of this product is more cost affecting to farmers because more crops can be grow in smaller fields, GMO can reduce the sizes and color differences on the product. The use of GMO will not only improve the look of the vegetables, it will also improve the local …show more content…
Currently, the cost of GMO product are lower than the non-GMO. One of the reason for this is that farmer and retail places have have lower food waste by using GMO, this saving is then passed to the consumers. Today, 90 % of all crops grown in the United States are GMO. There are many contributing factors for such a high statistic, including the economic aspect in the agriculture sector and the nutritional properties of the crop. But most of this crops is used in the production of highly processed food making this this kind of food more affordable for the consumers. According to Carey Polis, 27 studies in 10 countries have found that eating highly processed food is about $1.50 cheaper per day, or about $550 per year, than eating healthy food (Polis, Carey). If supermarket would increase the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables on their shelf it could lower the price for this kind of product, helping washington consumers, especially in the low income sector, be able to afford a much healthy

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