The Issue Of Genetically Modified Organisms

1752 Words May 5th, 2016 8 Pages
“Genetically modified organisms”, or more commonly known as GMOs, are “organisms that have been created through application of transgenic, gene-splicing techniques that are part of biotechnology.” (www.justlabelit.org/). GMOs entered the market about twenty years ago, and people are still in the dark about if the food we feed our families contain GMOs. “In 1992 the FDA’s policy statement defined “material” as the ability to be sensed by taste, smell, or other senses.” (www.justlabelit.org/) According to the FDA genetically modified foods are “substantially equivalent” to conventionally produced foods. So, because the FDA deemed them the same, no labeling was required. Twenty years later, the policy remains unchanged. Agriculture mega-corporations see nothing wrong with this, to no surprise. They argue that requiring them to label their GMOs would create a false sense of fear in the buyer. The common citizen argues that the research done by the mega corporations is very heavily biased, and that their is proof of GMOs causing harm to plants and humans. Most importantly, the common citizen argues that a federal policy mandating that all foods grown with GMOs be labeled as such. This research papers purpose is to evaluate both arguments of the mega corporations and the common person, presenting to the reader who displays the best argument for their cause. Monsanto is the world’s largest seed company, accounting for almost one quarter of the global seed market. Monsanto’s main…
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