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The Dangers of Genetically Modified Foods

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“We don’t want no GMOs! We don’t want no GMO’s!” This cry resounds at rallies around the nation where community advocates protest the use of genetically modified foods in the products they consume. Genetically modified foods are not a new commodity, but people have just recently become aware of the dangers of these frankenfoods. Once hailed as scientific miracle foods, these GMO’s quickly infiltrated the public diet. Also, research has revealed the threat of these foods. Though genetically modified foods (GM), offer convenience and low prices, they are dangerous to public health.

With advancements in science, genetically modified organisms have become increasingly popular in the food market. Scientists have made “advances in cellular genetics and cell biology methods…that have contributed to the so-called green revolution that significantly increased varieties of staple food crops containing traits for higher yield and resistance to diseases and pests in a number of both developed and developing countries” (Haslberger). Since scientists have made new breakthroughs in the methods of production, these GMO’s have increased. Now, most foods consumed contain some genetically modified organism.

Scientists create genetically modified foods in labs by splicing DNA from different organisms to create a plant or animal with enhanced elements. Scientists have begun to understand how to read DNA and know what portions of “the genetic code determines our phenotype and make every living organism the way it is” (Le Mouse). Modern biotechnology can select a sequence of DNA for a specific genetic trait from a donor organism and transfer the sequence to the recipient organism so it expresses the desired trait. Genetic modification has become in...

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...edients. The public should research the products they consume and research GM products before ingesting them.

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