Genetically And Genetically Modified Foods

1457 WordsMar 2, 20166 Pages
Your car pulls up at the grocery store, you walk inside and quickly make you way to the vegetable section. There are many choices, but you grab a can of corn. The corn seemed like a healthy food to feed your family, but think again. That can of corn most likely contains traces of genetically modified proteins or DNA. These genetically modified foods were made to improve food, but some wonder if they are solving more problems than they cause. Genetically modified foods, or seeds, should not be produced because they cause vulnerability and disadvantage to populations, cause allergenic problems, and contaminate organic crops. Genetically modified foods are foods with different genetic information. This is done to create more, tastier food in less time. These foods are supposed to be “better” than regular foods. “’The 1980’s marked the scientific discovery that specific pieces of DNA could be transferred from one organism to another’” (History of Genetically Modified Organisms). Later in 1990, genetically modified cotton was successfully tested. This new way of making food started with corn, but spread to all kinds of different crops. Soon Monsanto, a company that produces genetically modified seeds, introduced herbicide-immune soybeans. “Farmers have been manipulating genomes since long before they knew about genes. For thousands of years, they sought to transfer desirable traits from one plant species to another by cross-breeding” (Cothran). Farmers quickly picked up on the
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