The Effects Of Genetically Modified Foods

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Is food in grocery stores genetically modified and is there a way to know? Food companies have disputed whether or not to include labels on genetically modified foods. Food companies do not want to be required to label their food because many people prefer not eating foods that are not genetically modified. Although it costs nothing for food companies to put the label on their food, they still refuse. If food is genetically modified, then the consumer should gain knowledge through labelling. The abbreviation GMO stands for genetically modified organism. A genetically modified organism is a plant that has been altered by the insertion of genes from other animals or bacteria. Typical foods including corn, soybean, cottonseed and sugar beets …show more content…
The genetic structure of our food is a huge factor and should be tested for long term effects. Foods including soybean, canola, and corn contain genes from certain bacteria and viruses. Genes from bacteria and viruses are a concern because it has never been in our food before. (Smith, Jeffrey) GMO has not been tested long term by any organization, so there could be long term effects. GMOs were made to help decrease the use of pesticides by making them pest-resistant. They use chemicals to make this possible, which are toxic. They can cause a disease that makes you resistant to antibiotics just as the pesticides are resistant to antibiotics (“GE Food and Your Health”). IGF-1 is used in GMO to help promote growth. IGF-1 is not safe because it may lead to …show more content…
In the process of genetically modifying an organism, genes are taken from foreign organisms, which is then injected into the organism to change their structure. This causes certain people to have allergic reactions to genetically engineered food because it has a trace of their allergen without their knowledge. Food allergies are serious, a protein enters a person’s system and causes an immune response.(“Genetically Modified Organism”) A study by New England Journal of Medicine showed a trace of a nut inserted into a soybean by genetic engineering. As a result, people with allergies to nuts had an allergic reaction to the soybean (“GE Food and Your Health”). People with allergies to certain foods can be triggered by proteins in genetically modified food. This It is essential to label foods because people with food allergies have no way of gaining knowledge if a food contains possible allergens that could cause a reaction

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