Print. Mather, Robin. “The Threats from Genetically Modified Foods.” Mother Earth News. Apr/May 2012:42+. SIRS Issues Researcher.
The mandatory labeling of GMOs should be enforced to inform Americans about the foods they are consuming. The effects of GMOs is still unknown and may pose as a possible threat to human kind. Research has not yet proven that GMOs are safe. Therefore we should be aware that we are consuming these foods. The Food and Drug Association (FDA) believes that, “labeling is generally not necessary because the genetic modification does not materially change the food.” However, the addition of chemicals, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, etc., used in the production and/or processing of GMOs, can pose a threat to our bodies.
Supporters of genetic engineering argue that altering a crops DNA to improve the nutritional value will help people in third world countries who suffer from malnutrition. They also claim that GM foods can yield medical benefit by injecting a particular gene or vaccine directly into the product. However, I don’t believe GMOs ar... ... middle of paper ... ...ge they can inflict on the natural environment. In Western Europe and Japan, GMOs have been banned and they have been able to reduce the contamination down to less than 2% because environmental groups came together to fight this issue. They are leading the cause into a brighter future filled with natural and organic fruits and vegetables not something created in a lab by a bunch of scientists.
"The Irrational Fear of GM Food." Wall Street Journal. 23 Oct. 2013: A.15. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web.
A huge amount of scientists and doctors have concerns about GMO and the health threats they pose. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) did animal tests and reports that GMO dangers may include infertility, immune system disorders, accelerated aging, GI system changes, insulin regulation problems, and allergies. GM foods that are widely known are pineapples, strawberries and potatoes. GM foods are supposed to last longer, have more nutrients, taste better and more crops are harvested because the amount of food increases. There are some effects GM crops may have on the environment.
Proponents preach the undeniable health and growing benefits of this new development. Critics rail against biotech companies for the ambiguous safety status and ethical grounds of altering natural plant growth. The center stage for this conflict is Europe. While generally similar to the U.S., this region of the world is much more outwardly suspicious and hostile towards crop alterations. In the U.S., GM foods have received little public opposition; this is largely due to the fact that food manufacturers are not required to label their products as containing genetically modified ingredients for fear of confusing consumers.
Web. 03 Feb. 2014. Reville, William. "Let's Open Our Minds and Mouths to GM Food." Irish Times.
Van Montagu, Marc. "The Irrational Fear of GM Food." Wall Street Journal. 23 Oct. 2013: A.15. SIRS Issues Researcher.