Genetically Engineered Food

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Genetically engineered goods are a huge controversy in the United States. There has been a lot of conflict between different groups about whether or not genetically engineered foods should be so widely sold or at least not labeled. There are many people on both sides of the argument that have given great insight as to what genetically engineered foods can do for/to people. Those that are in favor of genetically modified food say that it allows for farmers to have a less risky harvest and this can then lead to producing more food for a higher population. To some people, this sounds like a good benefit to genetically modified foods. Others, however, have found that these facts simply don’t help them in the long run. Large portions of people probably don’t know this, but the majority of food produced in the United States is actually genetically modified food. Side effects that people have brought up are health problems that seem to occur from ingesting the genetically modified foods. Another issue with genetically altered food is that they have attributed to higher pollution of pesticides. Lastly, people dislike genetically modified foods because they see there is less regulation on them from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) than there are on other products put in the market (The Issues). It is said that 70% of all the food produced within the United States is actually genetically modified. Some people claim that this has contributed to allergen and pollution increases over the past 10 years (William, and David Schubert). Studies have shown different genetically modified foods have attributed to many different health symptoms, such as intestinal damage, allergic reactions, enlarged pancreas and liver, as well as decreased ... ... middle of paper ... ...ically Modified Foods: Harmful or Helpful?" CSA. Apr. 2000. Web. 14 Sept. 2011. Anderson, Jon C., Cheryl J. Wachenheim, and William C. Lesch. "AgBioForum 9(3): Perceptions of Genetically Modified AndOrganic Foods and Processes." AgBioForum. 2006. Web. 14 Sept. 2011. Kartha, Deepa. "Genetically Modified Foods Pros and Cons." Buzzle Web Portal: Intelligent Life on the Web. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Sept. 2011. http://www.buzzle.com/articles/genetically-modified-foods-pros-and-cons.html "WebMD - Better information. Better health.." WebMD - Better information. Better health.. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Sept. 2011. http://www.webmd.com Anderson, Jon C., Cheryl J. Wachenheim, and William C. Lesch. "AgBioForum 9(3): Perceptions of Genetically Modified AndOrganic Foods and Processes." AgBioForum. 2006. Web. 14 Sept. 2011. http://www.agbioforum.org/v9n3/v9n3a05-wachenheim.htm

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