Essay on The Issue Of Labeling Genetically Modified Food

1229 Words Jun 19th, 2016 null Page
How much do we really know about the food we eat? Where did it come from, what has been done to it, and what exactly is in it? GMOs, products that contain ingredients that have been genetically modified in some way, are often a topic of passionate debate in America. A large portion of the public view GMO foods as so-called 'Frankenfoods ', unnatural, unhealthy, and directly associated with a host of detrimental health effects. While the evidence of this connection is flimsy at best, more and more people are calling for all products containing genetically modified ingredients be clearly labeled as such. However, food manufacturers argue that labeling genetically modified food is unnecessary and will only hurt their profits. Do GMOs really deserve so much scrutiny, is there such a thing as giving the consumer too much information about something as important to them as their food? In light of the evidence, I remain unconvinced that there are any health risks caused by the consumption of GMO foods, nonetheless I support the movement to clearly label GMOs. Ultimately, it is the consumers who should have the right to decide which types of products need to be labeled and which products they want to purchase. Before we talk about labels, we must first understand what a GMO is and what genetic engineering means for our food supply. In brief, "genetically modified organisms are plants, animals, and microbes where genes have been artificially inserted in a lab, not created through…

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