Over the past decade or so, society has made a turn for the better by putting more importance on their health and well-being. People now have begun to truly care about what they put into their bodies. Nutritional labels are being read, ingredients are being deciphered, everyone is becoming more knowledgeable and educated. Food companies everywhere are now advertising symbols that display the common health topics people everywhere want: “Fresh, Never Frozen” “100% organic” or “certified Non GMO”. Over the last decade genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, have become highly controversial. Whether they pose a harm to human welfare or not has not been proven, yet a lot of people deem them as being detrimental. The widespread
When you eat a cheeseburger, you might know that you are eating a beef patty with cheese, lettuce, and ketchup on a sesame seed bun, but do you know what you are really eating? According to the documentary GMO OMG, “approximately 85% of all processed foods contain GMOs”, yet most consumers are unaware that this secret ingredient is included in most of their food. Although Monsanto believes their product is safely feeding the world, consumers should be aware of the hidden horrors of genetically modified food because research indicates that GMOs could drastically affect their health as well as cause environmental damage, all while violating the rights of consumers and farmers.
Genetically modified organisms are known to carry many risks along with its benefits. Many studies have shown that eating new genetically modified organisms cause more allergic reactions found in people some of the reason is even if people don’t consume GMO crops. Animals are being fed GMO products such as soy beans, and corn then the animal is consumed by us. Many GMO’s pose great environmental damage by crossbreeding with weeds. This is a threat because most genetically modified crops are made to be herbicide resistance, when cross-breeding happens the weeds also become resistant to herbicides making it easier for them to spread. The time for the genetically modified organisms to grow is generally about the same amount of time as non-genetically modified organisms. One of the biggest cons to GMO is that no one really knows if they are safe for consumption. Studies have been done but in some cases there is a risk of cancer. Also pesticides have been found in some of the genetically modified crops. This leads to more toxins in our bodies which can lead to more cancer diagnosis. With all of these risks the concern of genetically modified organisms is still growing. Figure 2 shows a general idea of consumer’s feelings towards
First, genetically modified foods are not safe for human consumption. There has never been a human study relating to GMOs but they are fully legal in the United States (“Genetically Modified Food”). A dramatic increase of health ...
The growing controversy over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have left many Americans and people all around the world with various questions and concerns as to what they are really putting into their bodies. The issue at hand is one that, although is very dominant in the world today, many are still uneducated on the problem and have not been informed with the facts. GMOs have been placed in the world without much question or second thought and it is time that America hear what should have been told many years ago. Although over ninety percent of the food eaten everyday has been genetically modified in the United States, many today believe the food they eat everyday is perfectly healthy, safe, and beneficiary for them. On the contrary, however, others will argue that the food has become poisoned, unsanitary, and detrimental to the health of themselves and others due to the ongoing issue of genetically engineered foods. As food production grows, and more suspicions rise to the surface, many people are left with the begging question, “Are GMOs really bad for us?” Everyone one is entitled to his or her own opinion and there are many out there who would like to believe one side or another. Regardless of who believes what, after the research is conducted, in hopes of accumulating a better understanding of the issue, it will be known what genetically modified organisms really are, where genetically mutated crops originate from and whether genetically modifying crops are harming or benefiting the world.
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.
In America, consumers are unknowingly acting as lab rats for one of the most precarious and unwarranted experiments for human health. By definition, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses, or other organisms1. Since GMO’s first hit grocery stores they have been contaminating our nation’s food supply without a majority of consumers even realizing it.
There is a big issue at hand that many of us are unaware of and it involves GMO’s. GMO’s are genetically modified organisms. They are basically plants that are engineered genetically, by using DNA that comes from other plants and animals, bacteria’s and also viruses. This is a cause of concern for many because GMO’s cannot happen on its own in nature; or by the traditional methods of crossbreeding. This leads to the bigger issue in relation to the health problems and environmental problems that are caused as a result of GMO’s. This maybe shocking but all consume GMO’s on a daily basis and are unaware of it and the consequences that go along with it. This is because the USDA does not have a law in affect that requires companies to list if there products were genetically modified.
The benefits of genetically modified foods are undeniable. With an ever increasing global population, expansive third world hunger and starvation, and the massive number of people who are malnourished and undernourished, the use of this technology benefits not only the farmers, but also societies worldwide. Genetically modifying crops can reduce susceptibility to disease, improve flavor, drastically increase yields, create more efficient use of land, decrease use of herbicides and pesticides, and reduce costs, among many other benefits. However, GMOs are very rarely labeled. Labeling policy for GMOs is controversial, but I believe that there should not be a law mandating manufacturers to label foods containing GMOs. Rather, the government should allow voluntary labeling of products that do not use GMOs, with an accompanying disclaimer noting any differences (e.g., safety) between products that contain GMOs and those that do not.
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.
There was notified problems of allergies due to GM foods, some have even killed people. As Genetically engineered food area unlabeled it makes it even worse for the people who are consuming this product. Gmo’s should be banned from grocery stores.
There is a lot of confusion surrounding the use of Genetically Modified crops in today’s foods and products. First we must answer, what exactly is a Genetically Modified crop, or more commonly known as a “GMO”? According to the FDA, the U.S. food and drug administration, a GMO is simply “a plant developed through a process in which a copy of a desired gene from one plant or organism is placed into another plant to achieve a desired trait” (fda.org). For years, consumers have been purchasing products containing GMOs without any knowledge of doing so, and recently, GMOs have become a huge topic of conversation. Many questions have been raised regarding Genetically Modified products, but one of the most prominent is should products containing GMOs be labeled as so? The answer is absolutely not.
Do you know what you're really voting for? Iowan farmer Reg Clause suggests you may not in his column, “Say ‘no’ to GMO labeling.” Reminding readers that general election day has come, he attempts to convince us that a certain law should be voted against. The proposed legislation would mandate all foods that contain genetically modified organisms, also know as GMOs, to display a warning label on their packaging. He argues that this would be detrimental to the good name of these types of foods when they do not deserve to be shamed. I agree that the genetically engineered crops should not be labeled, but not because that would tarnish their name. However, the reasoning for my opinion comes from the perspective that it would not only be impractical
Consuming foods that have been genetically altered have serious health risks based on research done on rats by The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM), an international organization of physicians. Risks include infertility, immune system problems, accelerated aging, disruption of insulin and cholesterol regulation, gastrointestinal problems and organ damage. Many AAEM physicians have prescribed non-GMO diets for all patients to improve health conditions. Jeffrey M. Smith, an advocate for non-GMO, says scientific research shows the link of GM food to thousands of sick, sterile, and dead livestock; thousands of toxic and allergic reactions in humans; and damage t...