Topical Essay: The Conflict Over Genetically Modified Foods?

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The Conflict Over Genetically Modified Foods

When going to the grocery store, people are well aware of what they can and cannot eat due to allergies, calorie counts, and as far as nitrates are concerned. There is one thing consumers do not know about their food: whether or not it is genetically modified (Mientka 1). GMOs, or, genetically modified organisms, have created a great strife recently. Some argue that GMOs are safe, helpful, and cost efficient. The truth is though, GMOs are not. GMOs, as they are today, are unsafe and a threat to both consumers and nature. Not only are there many safety concerns for GMOs, but there are also issues such as the right for people to know what they are eating and the evolution of pests due to the growing
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GMO is the shortened term for ‘genetically modified organism’. This means that the plant’s genes were altered to fit a certain purpose better or function in a different way. Scientists change the plants by inserting genes with a desired trait such as bug resistance, weed-killer resistance, or faster growth into a plant 's genes (“GMO food bans” 1). The original purpose of GMOs was to produce and salvage more food and to ultimately solve the issue of hunger in the world. Genetic Modification is not the solution. Though it is a way to create more food, the food being made is not necessarily good food: It is bad for both the consumers and the environment. Shoppers buying food have the right to know what it is that they are eating, yet due to the lack of labeling: they do not know. Pests can evolve quicker and become stronger faster because of GMOs. Lastly, genetically modified foods are not good for people, animals, or the …show more content…
People have the right to know what it is that they are eating, yet they do not. Pamm Larry said it simplest in an interview when she said, “people have a right to know what they 're buying and eating, … That 's it" (“California to Vote” 1). People who are against the labeling of GMO products say that they do not support labeling because GMOs are perfectly safe. If this were the case, labeling should not be an issue. If genetically modified foods were good, then labeling would not only help consumers, but the companies using GMOs as well. Plus, calories are not dangerous yet they are put on labels for the same reasons that GMOs should be labeled for; Consumers have a right to transparency, or, in other words, to know what is in their food (“Group Wants” 1). On top of this, people want genetically modified foods to be labeled. Already there are 64 countries in the world that require producers to impart if their foods are GMO or not, but the United States still does not require such information to be disclosed (Mientka 1). Finally, people are not completely aware of what GMOs are, so they deserve a chance to look into the long term effects of eating or growing genetically modified foods before buying them. If foods that have altered genes are labeled, it allows consumers a chance to look into the processes of genetic modification before unknowingly purchasing them. Laurie Demeritt, chief executive

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