The Pros And Cons Of GMO

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Should GMO’s be labeled in the United States? A GMO is a genetically modified organism that goes through the process of genetic engineering. This is when genes of one organism are extracted, altered, and then artificially placed into another organism to then grow. We typically see GMOs in the food we consume every day. These foods include fruits and vegetables, however the most common organisms that are genetically engineered include, corn, soy, and cotton. It is ultimately the unnatural cross breeding of plants, animals, bacteria, and virus genes (Non-GMO Project). But now why is there a debate for placing a label to notify consumers of GMOs in their foods? Do we know the potential harm that GMOs can cause? We have the right to know what we are putting into our bodies and what is found in our everyday foods. So why do we use GMOs? Well there is a “So-called advantage” with these products that it costs less to produce and they are better quality. But do we know if they’re better quality or our bodies? There’s not enough research to prove that the human race and other organisms have suffered dire consequences from consuming these genetically engineered foods. However there are some linkages that link GMOs to some health problems, environmental damage, and farmer/consumer rights. In the United States, we are not yet up to date with other countries one being the metric system we have not yet switched to and the labeling of GMOs being required. In three hundred regions

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