Bio Engineered Foods

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The advancements in the field of biotechnology have enabled scientists to aid the production of bio-engineered food products. Bio-engineered foods are created with the insertion of a new gene into a plant or organism to change it’s traits. This altercation of DNA produces new proteins that create this change. In order to better fill consumer demands and receive a larger profit, farmers use genetically modified crops to: help assure a longer plant life, improve nutrition in food, and resist certain herbicides. With these changes comes fault, after the plantation when this food hits the market there is no mandate for the labeling of genetically modified foods. It is believed that these foods have their benefits, however, their risks hold a larger concern. Consumers have the right to know if their food had been modified, especially with the continual studies and questionable dangers. Bio-engineered foods should be labeled due to increasing concern of their allergen, environmental, and economic risks. Beneath the mask of genetically modified products grows a deeper health aspersion. According to The U.S FDA, “FDA is confident that the bioengineered foods on the Unites States market are as safe as their conventional counterparts” (1). That confidence becomes shaky when the unknown yet possible health factors are discussed. Unlocking the secret, “Genetically modified foods can be potentially harmful to human health, by creating allergens and by the transfer of antibiotic resistance markers. Many of the harmful effects are yet to be uncovered” (3). The scary truth forms in the words ‘yet to be uncovered’. The FDA cannot be confident about an issue that has not even been fully explored. Unrevealed dangers may strike less attention th... ... middle of paper ... ... | edit tags) Enter tags separated by commas: Issue. " Labelling And Risk: The Case Of Bioengineered Foods | Competitive Enterprise Institute ." Home | Competitive Enterprise Institute . N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Feb. 2011. . (tags: none | edit tags) Enter tags separated by commas: K, Marian. "Genetically Modified Foods: Advantages and Dangers." Buzzle Web Portal: Intelligent Life on the Web. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Feb. 2011. . (tags: none | edit tags) Enter tags separated by commas: Whitman, Deborah. "Genetically Modified Foods: Harmful or Helpful?." Csa. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Feb. 2011. . (tags: none | edit tags) Enter tags separated by commas:
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