The Non GMO Project published a statement that GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding (“GMO Facts”). Health factors involved with GMOs has been an arguable debate for many years because most nations believe that GMOs are not safe for human consumption. The Non GMO Project also states that more than 60 countries worldwide have restrictions or complete bans on the manufacture and sale of GMOs. However, in the United States the government permitted GMO production based off of studies from corporations that profit from the genetically modified organisms that they created (“GMO Facts”). It is time for Americans to change the GMO productions; it is time for Americans to say no. Citizens are able to make a change by demanding GMO labeling. The Non GMO Project reported that A 2012 Mellman Group poll found that 91% of American consumers wanted GMOs labeled. And, according to a recent CBS/New York Times poll, 53% of consumers said they would not buy food that has been genetically modified. Americans deserve the right to know, and that is why it is unethical for manufacturers to not have a GMO label on the products they sell.
The issue of genetically modified food affects every one regardless of age, race or geographical location. You are what you eat. What a person puts into his or her body essentially impacts their health as a whole. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are found in almost every food except for whole, organic foods labeled as GMO free. Genetically altered foods have benefits and disadvantages. The choice of being an opponent or a proponent to genetically enhanced foods is ultimately up to the consumer. Seed producing companies such as Monsanto have a monopoly over how our food is produced and what is acceptable and safe for human and animal consumption. The lack of labeling of foods that contain GMOs sparks controversy with people who believe they have a right to know exactly what they’re eating and if it is safe for their health. This is an issue that affects any person eating food so it is important for one to know the pros and cons of GMOs. I will highlight the supporting arguments for genetically modified food and in contrast I will describe the risks associated with GMO consumption.
Labeling of products containing genetically modified ingredients should be mandatory due to health speculations, environmental impact, and because it is the consumers’ prerogative to be aware. A recent New Yo...
How well do we know the food we are eating? Ever wondered whether these foods are safe? In the recent years, people have become more aware of how genetically modified foods have substituted our diets with altered foods -- to which little we know about the long term effects on humans. These food being fed to us is called Genetic Modified Organism or GMOs. Just in 2012, prop 37 was proposed in California, which would have required labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food, with some exceptions. Although this prop did not pass, it did however raise the awareness. When one thinks about GMOs, it does not seem like a hot issue, but it still deserves some attention because it has to do with people’s health and people deserve to know what they are eating. Consequently, the Government should regulate GMOs by requiring labeling of such foods.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Three words (or letters) that can incite arguments between even the most rational individuals. However this paper is not a discussion on the safety, or lack thereof, of GMOs. Instead, it looks at the costs versus benefits of labeling genetically modified foods. Technically genetically modified (GM) means “any change to the heritable traits of an organism achieved by intentional manipulation” (Premanandh 37). Though when using the designation genetically modified in reference to food, it commonly refers to the transgenic modification of the organism’s genome in a laboratory for the purpose of enhancing desirable traits. These desirable traits can be increased resistance to pesticides and herbicides, improved growth under drought conditions, improved nutritional contents, and pest resistance. The first GMOs were developed for the industrial production of medicinal products in the late 1980s (Premanandh 37). By 1996 the first GMOs were grown for public consumption and today GM corn, cotton, oilseed rape (canola), and soybeans are widely available to consumers in the United States (Federici 519). Widespread use and consumption of GMOs throughout the past decade has caused an increased level of concern over the safety of GMOs. These concerns have led numerous states in the past several years to consider legislation to implement mandatory GMO labeling requirements. I however, do not think there should be mandatory GMO food labeling in the US; there are not enough demonstrable benefits of mandatory labeling to make it an economically viable option.
The labeling of GMOs is the first step in educating consumers about GMOs and their potential human health risks. Additionally, federally mandating labels will force food manufacturing companies to extensively test their products and assure that they are safe to consume. If European countries can successfully label all market products containing GMOs, the U.S. should also be able to.
Lately a big part of the population of the United States has been fighting for and against labels on GMO’s. Writing about the benefits, or what are claimed as benefits of labeling products, is essential to better understanding this topic. One of the most commonly found arguments is that consumers should have the right to know exactly what is inside of the product they are buying. According to The New York Times, “Any private company has the right to require its suppliers to meet labeling standards it chooses to set, and consumers have a right to know what’s in the food they are buying” (Why Label Genetically Engineered Foods,1).
Do you know what you are buying when you go grocery shopping? Even if you may think the answer is yes, more likely than not, it is no. Nowadays, most of what we buy when we go shopping for food is a genetically modified organism or GMO. The reason why you do not know if what you are buying is a GMO is because there are no regulations requiring products that are made of these modified plants to have labels identifying them. This is an issue because there has not been a sufficient number of unbiased studies that clearly show how these things affect the human body from direct consumption or indirect consumption through animals that have been fed GMOs. In order to allow companies to market GMO products, there needs to be more unbiased research done and more transparency towards consumers.
Genetically modified foods are foods that are not natural and have extra modified switches in their DNA. These GMO (genetically modified organisms) are not labeled in the stores and consumers do not know if they are modified or not. Even though studies show that most Americans want the government to label these products.
Americans are eating GMOs without even knowing it. They do not know they are eating such substances because they are not being labeled. What is GMO (genetically modified organisms)? In the article titled, “GMO Reality Check,” Melissa Smith defines GMOs: “they’re plants and seeds created in laboratories. Genetic Engineers insert genes from bacteria, viruses, animals, or humans into the DNA of a food crop or animal to create an organism that would never occur in nature.” Technology is advancing like never before; it’s found a way to make food. That is very impressive, right? Genetically Modified Organisms have been in the United States for almost twenty years now. Not only are Americans not aware of consuming GMOs, GMOs are in practically everything we eat, “By 2011, 94 percent of all soybeans and 88 percent of all corn grown in the United States was genetically modified. Soy and corn, along with other common GM foods (including canola oil. cottonseed oil, and sugar from sugar beets), are used as ingredients in countless other products…” (Smith). Californians demanded for the mandatory labeling of GMO products and in November, 2013, unfortunately- Proposition 37 failed by a 6%. The FDA along with these new biotechnology corporations insist there is no need for labeling since it is healthy and consumers are still getting the same amount of nutrition they need compared to non-GMO products- but this is not necessarily true. Foods containing GMOs by law should be labeled.