Essay about The Issue Of Gmo Labeling Mandatory

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“GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals,” (GMO facts). The rising argument on if GMOs should be put in our food, and if they are really safe is rising quickly all over the world. “In the U.S., GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventional processed food,” (GMO facts) so it is obviously not something that is easily ignored.
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The author, Molly Ball is writing about the immense argument to make GMO labeling mandatory. Her main claim is, “Across the country, and aggressive grassroots movement is winning support with its demands for GMO labeling. If only it had science on its side” (Ball). In her article, Molly points out that scientists do not feel that GMO labeling is really necessary. She quotes Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, “When we require a label on something, we’re either warning there’s a potential safety problem or we’re giving nutritional information . GMO labeling doesn’t fit. There’s not a safety issue, and it doesn’t affect nutrition-it’s about the process through which food is created. Requiring labels runs the risk of conveying the intentional or unintentional messAge that this is unsafe or there 's some issue”(Ball). She also includes statistics from polls taken by people on if they would like GMO labeling to be required on foods. In Vermont, in 2012 the legislature held a public…

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