Genetic Engineering: A Good Thing? Essay

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Today there are many definitions of Genetic Engineering, such as “Genetic Engineering is a laboratory technique used by scientists to change the DNA of living organisms” (Kowalski) and “Genetic Engineering refers to the modification or manipulation of a living organism’s genes” (Genetic). No matter the wording all definitions of genetic engineering refers to somehow changing an organism’s genetic identity. Many people today support genetic engineering because it has many potential benefits for today's society; however, it also has many potential threats associated with it. Because of the potential threats many people advocate for putting labels on food and products that have been genetically modified, which is why despite many potential …show more content…
She want's labels on GM foods so that she knows what she's buying, despite being a farmer she has to buy some things from a market, and avoid if at all possible the products she clearly distrusts. Ms. Russ brings up her concerns about the safety of GM products too. Many consumers do not trust that the food they have access to is completely safe because "although notice is required… safety testing is not" (Kowalski). Charles Margulis is quoted in Kowalski saying, "It is up to the companies to decide what to submit [and] what not to submit, what kind of tests to do [and] what kinds of tests not to do" (Kowalski) on GM foods. The companies that sell GM products are not required by law to test the safety of the food they are placing on the market for mass consumption. "Because of commercial interests, the public is being denied theright (sic) to know about GE ingredients in the food chain, and therefore losing the right to avoid them despite the presence of labeling laws in certain countries" (Kowalski). "For these and other reasons, critics of genetically engineered food want stricter rule. If the agencies will not change the rules themselves, critics may seek help from Congress” (Kowalski).
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