The Negative Effects Of Genetically Modified Organisms

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Genetically Modified Organisms Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are organisms that have been genetically altered so that they contain the DNA of another organism such as plants, insects, bacteria, or even humans. GMOs are different than crossbreeding in that crossbreeding takes two like organisms and naturally fuses the genes together, but GMOs take two unlike organisms and artificially force the DNA from one organism to another. Genetically Modified Organisms make up roughly eighty percent of all processed foods in grocery stores across America, and most people consume some form of a GMO every day without their awareness. GMOs should be banned or at least clearly labeled in the United States because of the harmful effects they have on …show more content…
Several animal studies have shown serious health issues associated with genetically modified foods including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs including the gastrointestinal system ("Genetically Modified Foods Could Pose Numerous Health Risks."). “Scientists from the Food and Drug Administration repeatedly warned of possible allergies, toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems”; however, the FDA choose to ignore the studies and let companies like Monsanto, which has been found guilty of hiding toxic effects in their products, decide if GMOs are safe for people to eat (“Genetically Modified Foods Could Pose Numerous Health Risks”). GM foods are injected with a gene from soil bacteria called Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) that secretes the insect repelling Bt toxin in every cell (“Genetically Modified Foods Could Pose Numerous Health Risks”). The Bt toxin has many health issues associated with it including allergies, digestive problems, and infertility (“Genetically Modified Foods Could Pose Numerous Health Risks”). Studies performed on mice and hamsters show that GM soy drastically decreased the number of digestive enzymes, and hamsters, by the third generation, were unable to have babies, suffered from high infant mortality rates, and some had hair growing in their mouths (“Genetically Modified Foods Could Pose Numerous Health Risks”). “Farmers in Europe and Asia say that cows, water buffaloes, chickens, and horses died from eating Bt corn varieties” (“Genetically Modified Foods Could Pose Numerous Health Risks”). GMOs are a danger to the food industry, and it is clear how harmful genetically modified foods can be to the human

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