The Negative Effects Of Genetically Modified Foods

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Strolling down the grocery aisle, bold blue and green labels declaring “non-gmo” on food products catches customer’s eyes. What do these labels mean? According to the World Health Organization, “Genetically modified (GM) foods are foods derived from organisms whose genetic material (DNA) has been modified in a way that does not occur naturally, e.g. through the introduction of a gene from a different organism” (“Food”).In other words, genetically modified foods are foods whose DNA contains materials from other sources. Genetically modified foods are also abbreviated as “GMO” or they can also be called “genetically engineered food”. How does consuming genetically modified food affect people and the environment? The increasing production of …show more content…
This had a negative effect on genetically modified crops. Without huge quantities of herbicides, genetically modified crops would not be able to grow properly (Forman, 48-49). Weeds have also become stronger and more herbicide is needed to prevent them from growing (Forman, 49). Foods that contain GMO’s negatively contribute to the environment because of the disadvantageous fertilizers that are used to grow them. These fertilizers are dangerous to the well-being of the environment. They can easily contaminate and spread to other things and as a result, cause many living things to become affected. According to an article, “GM crops and their associated herbicides can harm birds, insects, amphibians, marine ecosystems, and soil organisms,” (Smith, "10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs"). All types of living organisms have a risk of being affected by the hazardous fertilizers used to grow GMO crops. [analysis] The herbicides used can cause harm in many ways. “Herbicides also can kill desirable plants and make soil less suitable for growing crops (Forman, 49).” Surrounding objects next to genetically modified crops are deeply affected. [analysis] As the author of the book, Genetically Modified Foods says “Plants with genes programmed to kill pests can harm the environment. Because these genes change the chemistry of the plants, they can potentially harm nontarget organisms” (Forman 50). Although the goal of genetically modified foods isn 't to harm other living things, it still has the capacity to do

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