Argument for Labeling Genetically Modified Foods

928 WordsFeb 23, 20184 Pages
Many people may not know what a GMO is or if it should be labeled on our food labels. Bacillus thuringiensis says a GMO is “when a gene from one organism is purposely moved to improve or change another organism in a laboratory, the result is a genetically modified organism (GMO)” (University of California San Diego, 1). I personally think that GMO’s should be labeled on our food. Genetically modified organisms can be crops or animals. There can be a few health benefits from this process. Theresa Phillips in “Genetically Modified Organisms” states “some benefits of genetic engineering in agriculture are increased crop yield, reduced costs for food or drug production, reduced need for pesticides, enhanced nutrient composition, and food quality, resistance to pests and disease, greater food security, and medical benefits to the world’s growing population” (Phillips, 2). “A number of animals have also been genetically engineered to increase yield and decrease susceptibility to disease.” (Phillips, 2) In “Genetically Modifies Foods: Harmful or Helpful” by Debra B Whitman also states some health benefits “pest resistance, herbicide tolerance, disease resistance, cold tolerance, drought tolerance/salinity tolerance, nutrition, and pharmaceuticals” (Whitman, 3-9). GMOs may have health benefits, but they also come with some risks. Theresa Phillips said “potential health risks to humans include the possibility of exposure to new allergens in genetically modified food, as well as
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