Being More Knowledgeable on Genetically Modified Organisms

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Do people who make a concerted effort to avoid GMOs in the supermarket really accomplish their objective of being GMO free? Margie Kelly, the communications manager at Healthy Child, Healthy World writes, "Market watchers estimate that upwards of 70 percent of processed foods in the local supermarket contain genetically modified ingredients"(Kelly). Even if an individual attempts to avoid GMOs it is conceivable they are consuming them blindly and inadvertently, so it is important to know some facts about them. GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, affect everybody's lives in one way or another. The production, sale, and consumption of
GMOs are three extensive areas in which GMOs have impacted and will continue to affect many people's lives; therefore it is important to be knowledgeable about them. As with every topic in today's society, GMOs are debated hotly among political parties, classes, and races. Because of the disputatious nature of the topic it is crucial to be au courant, that is, prepared when one is thrown into the middle of a metaphorical boxing match. The topic of GMOs is a widely discussed one, but surprisingly enough not many exactly know what GMOs are. Bruce Horovitz, a marketing writer for USA Today writes,
"GMOs are plants ... whose cells have been inserted with a gene from an unrelated species in order to take on specific characteristics"(Horovitz). GMOs are often confused with cross bred organisms, which GMOs are not. According to the NON GMO PROJECT, which is a group that advocates for the regulation of GMOs, states, "These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional cross breeding"(GMO). The genes inserted into cells of the intend...

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...e reaching that often activists for the banning of GMOs do not consider the side effects of such a task. It is too early in the process to form an opinion on the safety of genetically modified foods, but I do know they are here and will be in one form or another for years to come.

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