If by any chance any of these products cause adverse side effects in the future Americans are completely at the mercy of the retailers. The public has no way to make informed decisions of whether they want to eat genetically modified food or not. Upon further research I found out that there are over 40 plants varieties that have completed the federal requirement for commercialization. These approvals include foods with drugs in them, fish, fruits and nuts that mature faster, and plants that produce plastics. (NERC 2005)
Some even say we are just another Human Experiment for our American Government. While others claim if it weren't for scientists and their experiments we would never have discovered genetics and DNA. Today, fresh food staples such as corn, rice, tomatoes, potatoes, squash, papaya, cantaloupe, flax, radishes, sugar beets, canola, soybeans and pigs are genetically altered without any specific testing required by the FDA. And approximately all other processed foods anywhere from a 60 – 70 percent are modified. This wasn't the case when your parents or grandparents were kids.
The book describes organic farming as “better farming through biology” through the use of living organism (Ronald & Adamchak, 13). The widely accepted method of farming in the US involves using chemicals like pesticides and fertilizers. It is strange to think that we, as a society, have become so accustomed to consuming foods exposed to pesticides, yet many are unwilling to eat GE foods. Genetic engineering has been used for over thirty years without any evidence of harming anyone. Over one billion acres of GE crops have been grown and distributed throughout the world without a single legitimate case of health risk (Ronald & Adamchack, 52).
One of the pressing health complications that come with genetically engineered foods is allergies. Many believe that allergies are innate and hence, impossible to develop. However, what people fail to realize is that genetically modified foods are essentially Frankensteins of the food industry; such foods are made through the fusion of genes of different foods, a process of which most consumers are unaware. Consequ... ... middle of paper ... ... which products contain engineered crops, making consumer oblivion to the toxic chemicals in the foods more possible and propagating. In fact, an estimates 70% of processed foods on the market these days contain genetically modified crops and material, ending up on millions of plates at consumers’ homes, crawling stealthily down their throats and into their immune systems.
Other concerns are these commonly asked questions; “What will this do to my body?” and “Will there be any concerns in the long run?”. Many developing countries do not believe in these genetically modified foods because they often think that these crops and meats are very bad for them. Although there have been many polls to see if people want their food to be labeled a BioTech lobby has made it is impossible for it to pass. Every time there has been a poll a significant majority of the ... ... middle of paper ... ...tore was fed with feed made with GMOs. More than 60 other countries in the world have banned or restricted these products.
Popular goods such as Sun Chips, Dole juices, Quaker Oats, milk, Rice-A-Roni, Gatorade, and Aquafina to list a few. Seventy percent of the foods in America sold in supermarkets are genetically modified according to the Commission of the European Communities (“Commissions 4). Fifty-eight percent of Americans are unfamiliar with the problems concerning GMOs in food, according to a 2006 Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology study (“Studies Show” 6). The United States has no mandatory labeling of GE foods to inform consumers whether or not the foods they are... ... middle of paper ... ...initiatives, Monsanto sues them back into silence. If consumers show preference for labeled foods over non-labeled foods, then industry will have the incentive to regulate itself or risk alienating the customer.
The American people are open to eating these genetically modified products compared to other countries. As William Reville reported in his article Let's Open Our Minds and Mouths to GM Food ," Foods derived from genetically modified crops are not available for human consumption in large parts of the world , including Europe, because of health fears." As a consumer , I don't want to take a chance on developing cancer or other illnesses due to the type of food that I eat. A butterfly called the Monarch , which is common throughout the Midwest of the ... ... middle of paper ... ... like the rest of the world. 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.
Every time we go to any grocery stores or supermarkets, we would not know whether the vegetables, fruits or even meats being sold are genetically modified. To make this situation worse, most consumers do not pay much attention to what they are eating, when they are actually consuming modified foods. It's not difficult to think back to a time when food was simpler and healthier. How did we get to the point where genetically modified organisms fall in so much of what we eat? While genetic domination in foods can be traced throughout history, the modern wonder of GMOs showed up in just the last few years.
The crop most altered is the Soy Bean, the 2nd most altered crop is Corn. Soy Bean is an ingredient used in almost everything we eat or consume, it is found in milk, candies, cookies, bread, ice cream, and even baby food. This means Genetically modified foods can be in anything we eat and we wont even know it, nor does it make the food smell or taste any ... ... middle of paper ... ...t the balance of the ecosystem, and if an specie is unable to survive, it will cause the food chain to collapse. Since Genetically Modified ingredients aren't listed on nutrition labels, any extra iron or vitamin A will be unknown to the consumer. The consumer will be unaware of the danger he or she may put herself into if she has a weak metabolism.
Genetically Modified Foods have quietly become second nature to the U.S, it may surprise you just how many foods you are eating that have genetically modified ingredient. Experts say 60% to 70% of processed foods on U.S grocery shelves have modified ingredient. The mass demand for food around the world is pushing scientist to alter genetic material of the plants to make them stronger and able to withstand the harsh chemicals they are exposed to during the season. Growers use harsh pesticides of many sorts, to kill any wild weeds or to protect the plant from insects’; and the plant do not always react well to these chemicals. Other plants can’t handle the harsh weather changes or the climate they are being grown in, so that’s were genetic mutation came into play.