Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) Labeling Legislation Essay

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Did you know, the “‘Monsanto Protection Act’ effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of controversial genetically modified (aka GMO) or genetically engineered (GE) seeds, no matter what health issues may arise concerning GMOs in the future” (“5 Appalling Facts”)? Genetic engineering allows genetic material to be transferred between any organism, including between plants and animals. Genetically modified foods have been in existence since the early 1990s and they are not going away any time soon. In the European Union, “Member States may provisionally restrict or prohibit the use and/or sale of the GM product on its territory.” However, the Member State must have a justifiable reason to consider that …show more content…

If rats’ immune systems become compromised after eating GM foods, humans, who have been ingesting these foods for about two decades should be able to make informed decisions to prevent any health issues from arising. By looking at a label on a product and making a selection whether to consume a GMO or not is a consumer’s choice, but it starts with farmers making the choice whether or not they grow GMOs; their choice can affect the environment and biodiversity in the area GMOs are planted. When farmers grow genetically modified foods, they are damaging the environment; by labelling these foods, consumers can choose whether to support GMO farmers or go with organic or conventional growers. Ronnie Cummins, founder of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) mentions that “scientists estimate that herbicide-resistant crops planted around the globe will triple the amount of toxic broad-spectrum herbicides used in agriculture” (Genetically Engineered Foods 18). These herbicides are bad for the environment because all non-GMO plants will be killed if these chemicals spread. This would possibly destroy ecosystems and reduce biodiversity between plants and other species. When GM crops are planted, there are less weed flowers; therefore, there is less nectar for pollinators. In addition, toxins released into the soil from GM plants’ roots mean fewer soil bacteria come to exist in an ecosystem (Glass). When GMO

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