Essay on The Conflict Over Genetically Modified Foods

1462 Words Mar 23rd, 2016 6 Pages
The Conflict Over Genetically Modified Foods

When going to the grocery store, people are well aware of what they can and cannot eat due to allergies, calorie counts, and as far as nitrates are concerned. There is one thing consumers do not know about their food: whether or not it is genetically modified (Mientka 1). GMOs, or, genetically modified organisms, have created a great strife recently. Some argue that GMOs are safe, helpful, and cost efficient. The truth is though, GMOs are not. GMOs, as they are today, are unsafe and a threat to both consumers and nature. Not only are there many safety concerns for GMOs, but there are also issues such as the right for people to know what they are eating and the evolution of pests due to the growing of genetically modified plants. In order to fully understand the conflict over genetically modified foods, it is critical to understand what they actually are. GMO is the shortened term for ‘genetically modified organism’. This means that the plant’s genes were altered to fit a certain purpose better or function in a different way. Scientists change the plants by inserting genes with a desired trait such as bug resistance, weed-killer resistance, or faster growth into a plant 's genes (“GMO food bans” 1). The original purpose of GMOs was to produce and salvage more food and to ultimately solve the issue of hunger in the world. Genetic Modification is not the solution. Though it is a way to create more food, the food being made is not…

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