People Have the Right to Know What They Are Eating; Labeling GMOs is Necessary

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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.

The U.S. is currently a top producer of genetically modified foods in the world, yet genetically modified foods are the least regulated in the U.S. compared to other European countries. Currently, the U.S. does not enforce a federal policy for the labeling of genetically modified products. This implicates that a majority of American consumers are unaware if they purchase or consume GMOs.

There have been absolutely no tests that show that GMO products are safe to consume, yet GMOs are found in a majority of the nation’s food supply. As of 2011, 88% of U.S. corn is genetically engineered as are 94% of soy, 95% of sugar beets, 90% of canola oil, 90% of cotton, and about 80% of Hawaiian papaya 3 .

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.

Are food manufacturers trying to hide the health risks of consuming GMOs by not labeling their products? Biotechnology companies that produce GMOs including Monsanto, Bayer, and Dupont look to be doing so. These comp...

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