The Importance Of Genetically Modified Food

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The Importance Of Genetically Modified Foods
Most people do not even realize that the food they are eating on a daily basis is genetically modified. The majority of the food sold in all supermarkets has been genetically modified. In fact, an article written by Gary Hirshberg states that “genetically engineered soy makes up 90%-plus of the soybeans grown in the US”, and genetically engineered corn accounts for “roughly 85% of all corn” (Hirshberg Online). There are many controversial opinions on GMOs. Some people believe they are causing health fatalities and they cannot be trusted. However, there are also many opinions stating that GMOs are the same as any other foods on the market, and they pose no risks to our health. Genetically engineered
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Genetically engineered foods are required to be just as safe “as foods from traditionally bred plants.” The same safety standards are applied and used when testing food safety. There is a process through the FDA that allows genetically engineered plants to be reviewed before they are put out on the market (US Food and Drug Administration Online). So, the GMOs are being checked before they are being exposed to consumers. Genetically modified crops are not a brand new thing, people have been exposed to them “for the last 15 years” and “two trillion” genetically modified meals have been consumed safely, there is no evidence of any harm (Agricultural Biotechnology Council Online). Supermarkets have been filled with genetically modified foods for years, and humans are not getting sick from them. Genetically modified foods do not pose any threats. There is “no evidence that approved GMOs introduce any unique allergens or toxins into the food supply” (Wendel Online). There are no new problems arising from the consumption of GMOs, they are shown to be just as safe as any other foods on the …show more content…
There is no hard evidence proving a direct link between GMOs and health risks, only suspicion. People believe GMOs are the cause of allergic reactions, but, as a matter of fact, “all GM crops are tested against a database of all known allergens” before they are approved or allowed to be put on the market (Wendel Online). So, there is no way for a GMO to introduce an allergy into your food. Therefore, any allergic reaction from a genetically engineered food could not have come from the GMO part of the food. Genetically modified foods also go through a process where the developer provides “extensive information about its product to the FDA for review” and any issues can be easily detected and resolved before the products are sold (US Food And Drug Administration Online). The Monsanto Corporation does comprehensive testing to ensure the safety of their products. “Seeds with GM traits” are tested the most out of any other crops “in the history of agriculture” (Monsanto Corporation Online). These tests results have shown no evidence of

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