The Effects Of Food: The Consequences Of Genetically Modified Foods

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Food is a part of our every-day lives, it is what nourishes our bodies and provides us with the energy to carry out the day. However, the introduction of genetically modified organisms changes the way we see food—for better or worse. Genetically modified organisms have had a specific gene from their genome altered, or a foreign gene introduced. This alteration or introduction of a (foreign) gene alters characteristics of the organism, usually a change in nutrition, herbicide resistance, or size. The effects of genetically modified organisms are not immediately prevalent, but as a result of lacking research into these organisms along with their increased use, we are now starting to realize the consequences of using such methods to conveniently alter foods to our bodies and our environment.
Concerns about genetically modified organisms relate to both human and environmental health. It is well known that the effects of releasing and consuming genetically modified organisms are unknown; and yet the trend continues to grow. According to the FDA more than 60% of all processed food on U.S. supermarket shelves contain ingredients from engineered soybeans, corn, or canola.
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On U.S. farmland, acreage planted with genetically engineered crops jumped nearly 25-fold from 3.6 million acres (1.5 million hectares) in 1996 to 88.2 million acres (35.7 million hectares) in 2001. More than 50 different "designer" crops have passed through a federal review process, and about a hundred more are undergoing field trials”

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