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Genetically Modified Food Essay

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Fifty-three percent of Americans don't know anything or very little about genetically modified foods (Rutgers Today, 2013) and the food industry estimates that upwards of 75%-80% of all food on the market is modified (Painter, 2016). Government agencies deem modified foods safe for consumption, however peer nations like France and Germany have banned modified foods with the exception of corn to keep weevils at bay. With no labels to highlight what biotechnology and genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) are and what's added to food, Americans will never know exactly what's in the food that's consumed. There are no long-term studies that demonstrate what happens to our bodies when those food items are entered into the body. Educating…show more content…
Vermont, has a very small pool of consumers in contrast to the other fifty states. If the smallest state within the United States can pressure officials to mandate labeling, it’s possible for all states to follow their lead. All citizens have the right to know what ingredients and modifications have been done to the food they consume, and state leadership is capable and willing with enough support from their constituents. Jerry Greenfield is from Vermont and one of the founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Ben & Jerry’s is a popular brand in the north and sold all over the United States and overseas markets. Jerry Greenfield has been outspoken about labelling foods regardless of whether they contain genetically modified crops. According to Jerry Greenfield (2014), “Food companies should be proud to talk about the ingredients they put in their food. We should be telling you what’s in our products, and not trying to hide it” (para. 2). Ben & Jerry’s previously had issues with ingredient listings in the past by various groups as well as issues with hidden profanity in their flavor names. Greenfield and his company have taken steps to raise funds to support the ongoing legal battle with the rebranding of a flavor name, “Food Fight Fudge Brownie” to provide a dollar for every pint sold to assist in their efforts in Washington D.C (Takepart, 2014). This effort from a
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