Effects Of Eating Or Drinking Genetically Modified Organisms

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Bryna Mead Ms. Phipps English 12, hour 1 November 19, 2014 We Deserve to Know Americans deserve to know what they are consuming and they do not want to involuntarily be a part of the ongoing experiment for the side effects of eating or drinking genetically modified organisms. There are currently 61 countries that already label genetically modified organisms, GMOs, and these countries make up over 40% of the world’s population (Kingston). However, GMO labeling is not required in the U.S. Although a recent survey found that 92% of Americans want GMOs to be labeled on their food and drinks, the federal government refuses to establish food labeling laws (“Where GMOs Hide In Your Food”). A genetically modified, or genetically engineered,…show more content…
Mead 2 Multitudinous Americans consume GMOs every day and are unaware of what they are eating. GMOs are created by attaching different strands of DNA together, which bring new genetic material into an organism’s DNA. These man-made organisms were first introduced in foods to allow them to stay fresh for a longer period of time. As a result, the longer the shelf life is, the easier it is for shipping and maximizing the producer’s profit. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA, first approved GMOs safe for humans to eat in 1994. The Flavr Tomato was the first modified food allowed for sale because it had a slower ripening rate compared to the standard tomato (Woolsey). After a short twenty years of being on the market, GE foods currently make up a majority of the foods in America. Nearly “90% of corn, 94% of soy, and 90% of cottonseed grown in the US are from genetically engineered seeds” (“Just Label It FAQS”). The most common and commercialized GE crops are corn, soy, cotton, alfalfa, canola, papaya, sugar beets, and zucchini (“Getting GMOs and Toxins Out of Our Food”). These ingredients are primarily found in packaged foods, e.g., chips, cereals, ice cream, cookies, crackers, candies, high fructose corn syrup soda, and frozen dinners. More than 70% of Americans say they do not want genetically modified organisms in their food ("Where
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