The Pros And Cons Of GMO Food Labeling

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Would you eat a purple tomato if it was sold with no mention of its genetic makeup showing on its label, except that it is “natural?” Many of our products on the supermarket shelves such as cereals, bread, frozen pastries, soups and canned foods are all contaminated with genetically modified organisms, (GMO). For years, scientists have manipulated the DNA of plant and animal food to make them taste better, to increase growth production or to make them resistant to insect damage. The Food and Drug Administration, (FDA), states that GMO food has been through the same regulation as traditional food methods. However, they claim to be “safe and natural,” but people are still unclear about what exactly is “safe and natural” about it. A number of states have passed their GMO food labeling law, and the time has come for more states to be a GMO-free zone. Regulation on GMO food labeling is needed because there are not enough studies to show that GMO foods are safe for long-term consumption. …show more content…
For example, a publication from the Center for food safety, “Genetically Engineered Salmon: The Next Generation of Industrial Aquaculture,” states that scientists are manipulating the DNA of Salmon, along with other fish species to enhance their growth for bigger muscles, to grow twice as fast, to withstand a variety of temperatures and to become immune to certain diseases. (Center For Food Safety). Although the FDA has tested the GE animal drug through the National Animal Association, they have not done extensive research on the drug, nor confirmed with any food authority whether the animal drug used in the Salmon are safe for human consumption. Furthermore, these GMO Salmon pose a huge risk for our environment, of a possible escape, which could cause an irreversible GMO contamination among other fish species that could bring on a whole new set of environmental

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