The Issue with Genetically Modified Foods

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The Issue with Genetically Modified Foods Today we walk downstairs, into the kitchen, open the refrigerator door. We see a bright red tomato, but is it really just a tomato. Now days, scientist have the technology to transfer DNA from one organism, for example a flounder, to another organism, a tomato. These are called genetically modified (GM) foods, or organisms. This makes the crops grow at an unusually fast rate and up to two times the average size. We are getting more food in a shorter amount of time, which sounds great until you take a deeper look. The issue is that we have absolutely no idea when we are eating GM foods, we do not know the long-term heath affects that will come from these GM crops, or the affect GMOs will have on the environment. “When asked if they wanted genetically engineered foods to be labeled, about nine out of ten Americans said the they did, in 2010”(Harmon and Pollack). The labeling issue of GM foods is one that has been debated for at least the last ten years. The citizens of the united sates have spoken time and time again. They want to know what they are putting into their bodies. Companies not labeling there products is the equivalent of putting a blind fold on someone, placing three cups in front of them, and telling them to pick one and drink it. Many people would not do this, because the have no idea if it is a glass of water or a cup of dirt. They are scared. The people have the same fear every time they take a bite out of an apple, or buy a stalk of corn. All they are asking for is a two letters on the label, “GM”. Large companies, like Monsanto’s, do not want to label the food in fear of losing customers. “FDA and GMO supporters also say that labeling GM foods would be cumberso... ... middle of paper ... ...y, Dennis. “For Both Sides, Bigger Fish to Fry.” The Washington Post Company. 22 Dec. 2012: Print. Deike, John. “Monsanto’s Roundup Found in 75% of Air and Rain Samples.” 27 Feb. 2014. Web. 16 Apr. 2014. Eng, Monica. “Activists: Modified Corn Not So Sweet.” The Chicago Tribune. 4 Aug. 2012: Print. Harmon, Amy and Andrew Pollack. “Battle Lines Drawn in U.S. on Genetically Modified Foods.” International Herald Tribune. 26 May. 2012: Print Health Ranger. “GMO a Go Go- The Truth About GMOs.” Natural 31 Jan. 2013. Web. 16 Apr. 2014. Hoffman, Eric. Interviewed by Kristen Udowitz. Raisa Scriabine. Web. 16 Apr. 2014. Mather, Robin. “The Threats From Genetically Modified Foods.” Mother Earth News Apr. 2012: 51. Print. Reville, William. “Let’s Open Our Minds and Mouths to GM Food.” The Irish Times. 17 Oct. 2013: Print.

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