The Importance Of Genetically Modified Foods: The Right To Know

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The Right to Know
Many Americans usually do not pay attention to Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs). A GMO is an organism whose genome has been slightly changed by techniques of genetic engineering so that its DNA contains one or more genes that are not normally found there. The United States does not have mandatory labeling on foods produced in the United States. Most Americans do not know how big of a controversy GMOs cause. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have a huge impact on the argument. Genetically Modified Foods could also cause harm to the environment. All Foods produced in the United States should have GMO labeling because the public has the right to know. Genetic engineering involves the manipulation of genes in the lab as
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Scott Faber, vice president of governmental affairs for the Environment Working Group, says, “Being a supporter of GMOs does not mean you have to be opposed to GMO labeling, you can be a GMO supporter and also be someone who believes people have the right to know what is in their food” (Hart). People opposed to mandatory labeling showed concern about the costs and boosted level of adjustments and bureaucracy while those in support of mandatory labeling indicate transparency and the consumer’s right to know (Hart). Senior staff scientist for the policy and advocacy division of Consumer’s Union, Michael Hansen, makes a point that labels on food are not just about safety and nutrition (Hart). The FDA only requires food to be labeled if if they are fresh or if they were frozen before and for juice, you have to say whether it has been reconstituted or not, we have a country of origin labeling …show more content…
As with human health risks, it is not likely that all potential harms to the environment have been identified (Union of Concerned Scientists 82). “Addition of the new genetic material through genetic engineering could reactivate these inactive pathways or otherwise increase the levels of toxic substances within the plants (Union of Concerned Scientists 77). Many past technologies have proven to have conflicting effects unexpected by their developers (Union of Concerned Scientists 74). Transgenic crops could produce new allergens into foods that conscious individuals would not know to avoid (Union of Concerned Scientists

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