GMO Vegetables: A Case Study

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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 by reducing …show more content…
High cosmetic standards in the retail industry are forcing farmer waste around 20 to 40 of fresh produce every year, just because they are not quite pretty enough to sell on the super market. All this waste globally add to tons of food — 800 to 900 million tons each year, the weight of 9,000 Nimitz-class aircraft carriers (Lee, Anna ). Today 's supermarket in Washington require their supplier to bring their products all in one size, with the perfect color and texture. Cucumbers should be straight, cauliflower florets should be tightly held, and rhubarb stalks should be ruby red. If not, retailers tell farmers, consumers won’t buy them. Farmers used to be able to sell the products that were not good enough for the supermarket to processing factories but because today most factories are using systems rely increasingly on mechanization and they are becoming less flexible when it comes to shape and size. Because of this farmer have to increase the price of their products to be able to make up for the wasted products, passing the price increase to the customers. Farms are not the only place where perfectly good food is waste every

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