The Dangers And The Risks Of Genetically Modified Foods

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Humans have a natural tendency to prefer perfection and to judge by looks. If one tomato looks more red and round than another, that’s the one that will be selected at the supermarket. However, in this case, judging by good looks instead of quality is to the buyer’s disadvantage. Much of the food in America has been genetically modified to look and feel perfect, yet there are many risks that come along with it. While they may look pretty, genetically modified organisms carry major health risks, have harsh impact on the environment, and have significant impact in the production of corn which is one of America’s unhealthiest crops. Therefore, GMO production in the United States should be banned. Primarily, it is important to understand why and …show more content…
Natural crops are edible and healthy, and risking one’s health by eating genetically modified foods is unnecessary. A study conducted by Gilles-Eric Seralini and several other researchers at Caen University in France found a link between genetically modified foods and the tumors in the rats he tested. Another connection between GMOs and cancer is in a recent experiment reported by the Institute for Responsible Technology that fed GM ingredients to rats showed that the stomach lining of rats fed GM potatoes showed excessive cell growth, a condition that may lead to …show more content…
In fact, the US Department of Agriculture researched how many adults meet the suggestion of eating two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables everyday. Through their research, they discovered that “approximately 62 percent did not consume any whole fruit servings, and 75 percent did not consume fruit juice. One-quarter of the study participants reported eating no vegetables” (Leahy). Even further, they found that many lower-class households do not have access to buying these nutritious necessities. It was observed that there are not enough fruits and vegetables produced in the country for every American to eat as many as they need to. Instead, the land is used to grow crops such as corn which promotes a poor diet and leads to obesity. “According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, about 84 million acres in the United States are devoted to corn, and about 73 million acres are dedicated to soybeans”. (Tallmadge). This is about a quarter of the land used for growing crops in the United States.To eliminate or substantially decrease genetically modified crops like corn would give food producers the chance to use and grow healthier foods and would shrink the shockingly high number of the amount of Americans who suffer from

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