Benefits Of Genetically Modified Organisms

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It has been almost 20 years that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been in American’s food supply. As much as 80% of all packaged foods contain GMOs (Genetically Modified Foods: Get the Facts). Although scientists have concluded evidence of a correlation associating GMOs to hazardous health issues in animals, these products are still deemed safe for human consumption according to the standards of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Interests in their potentially harmful risks to humans have recently spiked triggering over twenty-five countries to become GMO-free regions by placing a partial or total ban on them. Organizations such as National Center for Biotechnology Information and the Institute for Responsible…show more content…
“By slipping it into our food without our knowledge, without any indication that there are genetically modified organisms in our food, we are now unwittingly part of a massive experiment” says journalist Arjun Walia (Walia). GMOs need to be labeled, for it is the consumers’ health at risk while the farming companies focus solely on the cost-efficient qualities and profit of their dangerous products, not to mention their ethical violation of nature. GMOs are considered to be as safe as their traditional counterparts according to the FDA and are generally regulated (U.S. Food and Drug Administration), the FDA does not refer to this category of foods as GMOs, but rather as GEs, genetically engineered. Perhaps their reluctance to use the term GMO is intentional and to disassociate the products with the infamous negative connotations. The following quote is from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website, according to the section of their website titled “Views on GE Foods”, the FDA has a seemingly very neutral stance regarding the manufacturing and market of said products: “While FDA regulates foods and ingredients, including foods made from GE plants, the agency neither supports GE plants based on their perceived benefits nor opposes them based on their perceived risks. FDA 's priority is to ensure that all foods, including those derived from GE
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