The Issue Of Gmos Or Genetically Modified Organisms

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Believe it or not, there was a time when what we put on our dining room table was fresh, simple, and real. Now, that fact is extremely difficult to wrap our heads around, especially those of the younger generations. Today there are multiple concerns about what we are putting into our bodies. With modern technology advancing at such a rapid rate, we are watching our food change at the same pace. Fresh fruits and vegetables have a much longer shelf life and the list of ingredients on packaged foods is growing exponentially. For decades, food companies have been removing fats from their products to fuel the “fat-free” craze, but what most consumers don’t realize is that ingesting these foods will ultimately lead to major…show more content…
We as a country are sicker than ever, and the common denominator is the food we ingest. Heart disease, ever-growing waist bands, and childhood “adult-onset” diabetes are issues that are threatening the survival of our nation. Are we seeing the end of “real food”? “What is a GMO?” asked Jeremy Seifert, creator of the documentary “GMO OMG”, to several ordinary, everyday consumers on the street. The answers ranged from, completely clueless, to almost understanding what it means. The amount of people who admitted that they have no idea was appalling. Some people got as far as “genetically…I don’t know the rest.” and “genetically modified….I forgot the last word”. Once informed of what the acronym stood for, Jeremy then asked these same individuals whether or not they would feel comfortable eating these types of products. The response was unanimous. “Absolutely not!” GMOs are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering. This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods. Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance,
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