Genetically Organisms And The Human Body

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Genetically Engineered Organisms Living the United States it is nearly impossible that consumers will not come in contact with genetically engineered organisms (GMOs). A GMO is created by injecting genetic material from plants, animals, or bacteria into a crop in hopes of creating a new and beneficial trait (Blackwood). The controversy of GMOs is a growing debate with those on both sides weighing in. Geneticist David Suzuki professor of genetics at the University of British Columbia from 1963 until his retirement in 2001 states “By slipping it into our food without our knowledge, without any indication that there are genetically modified organisms in our food, we are now unwittingly part of a massive experiment” (qtd. in Walia). Consumers should not be the unwittingly participants of experiments to determine the effects that GMOs have on the human body. The effects of GMO crops have not had enough independent research to determine the long term effects on humans, and the environment.
GMOs make up 80 percent of the food on grocery-store shelves (Blackwood). Unless an item is certified organic, when it comes to processed foods 80 percent will contain some type of ingredient that has been made from GMOs. When it comes to the safety of food containing GMOs Suzuki cautioned,
“The FDA has said that genetically modified organisms are not much different from regular food, so they’ll be treated in the same way. The problem is this, geneticists follow the inheritance of genes,…
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