(Phillips, 2008) The implementation of new technology is often highly appreciated by consumers when it leads to products that are more efficient and available compared to their predecessors, though genetically modified foods are a very different story. Controversies surround the genetically modified movement with concerns over safety despite the fact that modified foods have yet to be deemed harmful to human health through scientific testing. (Entine, 2013) In fact, because the risks of genetically modified foods are accessed as very similar to risks of ingesting standard crops, there is debate present within the scientific community whether or not genetically altered food should even need to be differentiated from conventionally grown crops. Rampant and often misguided criticism of genetically modified foods leads to many negative assumptions that cause unwarranted fear among consumers. Despite the controversy and social stigma surrounding genetically modified foods, their potential benefits should be recognized as they can help people both now and in the future.
The mandatory labeling of GMOs should be enforced to inform Americans about the foods they are consuming. The effects of GMOs is still unknown and may pose as a possible threat to human kind. Research has not yet proven that GMOs are safe. Therefore we should be aware that we are consuming these foods. The Food and Drug Association (FDA) believes that, “labeling is generally not necessary because the genetic modification does not materially change the food.” However, the addition of chemicals, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, etc., used in the production and/or processing of GMOs, can pose a threat to our bodies.
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Proponents preach the undeniable health and growing benefits of this new development. Critics rail against biotech companies for the ambiguous safety status and ethical grounds of altering natural plant growth. The center stage for this conflict is Europe. While generally similar to the U.S., this region of the world is much more outwardly suspicious and hostile towards crop alterations. In the U.S., GM foods have received little public opposition; this is largely due to the fact that food manufacturers are not required to label their products as containing genetically modified ingredients for fear of confusing consumers.
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Causes of Genetically Modified Food Genetically modified foods are unhealthy. Human studies show how genetically modified (GM) food ca... ... middle of paper ... ...Many people feel that genetic engineering is the inevitable wave of the future and that we cannot afford to ignore a technology that has such enormous potential benefits. However, we must proceed with caution to avoid causing unintended harm to human health and the environment as a result of our enthusiasm for this powerful technology. References 1.
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In conclusion , the negatives outweigh the positives on genetically modified foods and the health concerns of consuming these types of products are believed to be hazardous to your body due to the little amount of research we have done on the food. Labeling continues to be problematic but hopefully soon we can pass a bill declaring that all genetically modified foods must be labeled. Genetically modified foods will continue to be s topic of debate until we can figure out a solution. Works Cited Kallas, Julia. "Q&A: Health Impacts of Genetically Modified Foods Still Unknown."