Genetically Modified Organisms ( Gmos )

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Since 1996, there has been an ongoing controversy over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and whether they are ethical and safe for the sake of human health and the environment. Recently, the controversy has been centralized around whether companies should be required to disclose GMO use on their labelling. Many people feel strongly that it should be up to the consumer to choose whether to buy a product that contains GMOs or to eat only organic options which are defined by the USDA as being produced “using methods that preserve the environment and avoid most synthetic materials, such as pesticides and antibiotics” (“Organic Agriculture”). Fortunately, there are already ways that concerned consumers can tell if a product contains GMOs, such as through the non-GMO project which believes “consumers in North America should have access to clearly-labeled non-GMO food and products” (“The ‘Non-GMO Project Verified’ Seal”). Although this is a good place to start, the food industry has been using GMOs for a long time now with most of the public still unaware of their dominating presence on supermarket shelves. Labeling the products could be a compromise that satisfies both the consumer and the industry by eliminating liability from companies and increasing awareness for the consumer. Companies should have to disclose their use of GMOs in their labeling because it would allow consumers to make the conscious decision about whether or not to support GMOs. People oppose GMOs for
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