Mandatory Labeling Of Genetically Modified Foods

1726 WordsDec 15, 20147 Pages
Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods The late nineteenth century brought forth some of the most breakthrough scientific discoveries. One such breakthrough were Genetically Engineered (Modified) Organisms which were initially meant to reduce world hunger by being able to mass produce crops and also allow the produce to have a longer shelf life and be more ripe. However, the increasing methods of germinating crops and new, more compelling evidence from thorough scientific research has led to the conclusion that foods with Genetically Modified material can lead to dangerous diseases and side effects. In 2011, every eight in ten Americans did not know that the foods they were consuming contained Genetically Engineered Organisms, because about 90% of popularly consumed crops in the United States were made using Genetic Engineering (D 'Ambrosio). Although this relatively new scientific discovery can possibly help to end world hunger, it has not made any progress since the early 2000’s when the European Union made it a law to label all foods that contained Genetically Modified Organisms, which led to more consumers switching to organic foods. The United States has no such law making it mandatory for companies to label their products as not natural which gives consumers misleading nutritional facts. The issue of mandatory labeling of all GM foods has become a heated debate and has quickly become an important issue for many large companies. Advocates of mandatory labeling
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