Harmful Effects Of Genetically Modified Organisms

1666 Words Mar 16th, 2015 7 Pages
Cypress Thomas
Mrs. Ford
English 6
28 January 2015
The Harmful Effects of Genetically Modified Organisms
Does one really know how harmful genetically modified foods are to living organisms, or even to the environment? In grocery stores, 70% of the processed food sold contains genetically modified soybeans and corn. Also, a large percentage of canola, sugar beets, and sugar cane are genetically modified. Without even knowing it, Americans have been consuming genetically modified ingredients that have been hidden in their food since 1996. Is it not time to do something about it? Genetically modified organisms, also known as GMOs, are living organisms that have had their genetic material changed artificially through genetic engineering in a laboratory. If a crop is genetically modified, it means that the seed’s DNA has been changed and results in the crop having a “better” quality, or so they want one to think. Genetically modified foods not only hold health risks and cause harm to the environment, but to make things worse, it is voluntary to label genetically modified foods in the United States. This means that food companies are not required to put labels on their genetically modified food. This can lead to allergies and life-long damage to the body. If the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods, then there will be fewer GMO related health issues and allergy outbreaks. Obviously, genetically modified foods are harmful for…
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