Genetically Modified Foods For The Health Of The General Public And The Environment

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Granny smith apples are a favorite snack for many people. This healthy grab and go snack can be found at nearly every grocery store and food stand in the U.S. Packed full of full flavor and nutrition, granny smith apples hold another hidden secret in its sweet and sour’s genetically engineered. Tangelos, nectarines, and plums are also among the foods that have been genetically engineered (ISAAA). Although GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and GM foods have been deemed safe for the environment and human consumption, there is an ongoing debate regarding the safety of genetically modified foods. Some people have concerns about the effects that consuming genetically engineered foods will have on the health of the general public…show more content…
Many of the foods consumed on a regular basis are products of genetic engineering. For example, approximately 85% of all corn grown in the U.S. is genetically modified (Young). Other examples of GM foods include nectarines, papayas, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, and even milk. It is noted that "GMOs are present in nearly 70% of prepackaged foods sold in grocery stores" (Genetically Modified Foods). It is this stated fact that has raised questions about the safety of genetically modified foods. While some believe that genetically modified foods are safe and beneficial, others feel that there may be side effects and risks associated with consuming the engineered foods. According to the Institute for Responsible Technology, "genetically modified foods have been linked to toxic and allergic reactions, sick, sterile and dead livestock, and damage to virtually every organ studied in lab animals," (Medline Plus). One of the most frequently discussed concerns of consuming GM foods is the effects they may have on the health of those that eat them. As a result of food genes being modified, it has been suggested that the cross breeding of food genes can affect people that suffer from food allergies that had not been previously experienced (Lemouse). For example, if peanut are in tomatoes due to genetic engineering, someone with a peanut allergy could quite possibly react to tomatoes (Medline Plus). This is an example of the reasons presented by
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