The reason this debate is not as large as it should be is because people do not care, simply because they do not know enough to care. Perhaps the reason Monsanto felt the need to release an article was because its owners feared that people would soon become skeptical of GMOs, and that it would cause a decrease in their profit. If more people were educated on the various health, crop, and environmental risks associated with GM, the anti-GMO movement would gain more momentum. If more of the foods not genetically modified started having “non-GMO” labels, people would begin to wonder what the big deal is and become suspicious of those that do not. In the long run, there is a decision to make: whether to let GMOs run their course, or stop them before they have the chance to do some serious
Frito Lay Incorporation is a brand name that branches off of Pepsi Co. Frito Lay Inc. is a brand which it specializes, markets, manufactures, and sells potato chips, corn chips, and snack foods. Frito Lays primary snack food that carries the brand name is obviously the Fritos corn chips, and the other leading products are Doritos and Tostitos tortilla chips and Cheetos cheese flavored chips. Depending on the region some snacks are more popular than others, for example Lays and Ruffles are demanded more in other countries. Frito Lay is a company that strives to serve the "best snacks on earth, but also protect the earth." As a company, they are committed to making sustainable products by reducing, reusing, and recycling. They believe their
Additionally, support for local and organic farming has shown a decrease in fast food sales. Recently fast food giant, Mcdonalds, has had to close nearly 700 restaurants due to lack of sales (Wahba). The general public is speaking out more and is stating they want fewer additives and more “real” food to be convenient. According to the WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION “GMO’s or “Genetically Modifies Organisms” are organisms in which the genetic material has been altered in a way that does not naturally occur”. The actual effects of GMO’s in food have had extensive research done to confirm suspicions that they are hazardous to the human body and are not suitable for consumption. Chipotle was the first fast food chain to disclose any artificial ingredients
Did you know that 80% of the food packages sold in the United States have GMOs in them? Its true! Imagine going to the store simply for a can of beans, or even just a chocolate bar. There may be a good chance that the food product selected contains GMOs.
With research showing that GMOs are bad for human consumption, there hasn’t been any policy restrictions made towards GMO foods. Here specifically it is up to the FDA and the government to pass the bill that would make these restrictions mandatory. Currently, this policy is being ignored and thought to not be necessary when factoring in human health. In other words, these large federal agencies are ignoring the facts and choosing to not make GMO restrictions
GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. GMOs usually have been altered from another organism such as bacterium, plant, virus, or animals. They are also referred to as “transgenic organisms.” GM seeds are engineered in laboratories to have certain traits such as resistance to herbicides. 75-85% of foods contain GM ingredients. The majority of the country’s corn and soybean crop is now genetically modified. Corn and soybeans are also made into popular processed food ingredients like high fructose corn syrup. Not enough is known about the risks of GMOs. Consumers should have the right to know what’s in their foods and if it is genetically modified (“Genetically Modified”).
The battle over whether food with GMOs should be labeled as such or not, continuez in The Battle Over GMOs by Alessandra Potenza illustrates what a GMO is and why they need to be labeled. First of all GMO stands for genetically modified organism, meaning GMOs are organisms that have been genetically modified to include a gene from another species to produce a certain trait. The reason that some people are very upset at the whole GMO thing is because some companies that include GMOs in their products are refusing to label the fact that they use GMOs. Outrage has sparked everywhere over this and people are demanding that companies using GMOs in their products must label them. The companies on the other hand are claiming that they have a right to privacy and are claiming that the FDA, which stands for Food and Drug Administration, have approved the GMO usage in their products.. This reader believes that we the people have a right to know what is in our food and decide if we still want to consume it.
Today about 90% of all GM crops grown in the U.S., and 40% grown worldwide, originate from a company called Monsanto (GM Food). The majority of GM crops consist of corn, cotton, canola, and soybeans. Monsanto started out as a manufacturer of artificial sweetener then developed into an agricultural chemical company that produces herbicides and pesticides. It has since become the leader in GM crops and a political powerhouse. Monsanto has spent millions of dollars lobbying Congress and the White House for support. This is one of the reasons why opponents have had such difficulties in opposing GM crops. Proponents of GM food believe GM crops are the next logical step in agriculture, and that the benefits could far outweigh the possible dangers (GM Food).
GMO is banned in many countries due to the effects it has on people and animals. In multiple studies GMO’s have been linked to causing significant health issues in female rat’s uterus and reproductive system. Being that rats are closely similar to us, it was no surprise study’s showed that in humans the key ingredient in GMO which is soy kills the outer layer of the placentas cells in females, which is the organ that connects the fetus to his mother. Conversely, Chipolte is makes it extremely known that they are not supporters of GMO grown food and therefore, do not sell it to their consumers. Leaving their loyal customers with nothing but all natural, GMO free, and preservative free food that is safe and guaranteed fresh with every
There are roughly sixty countries that require GMO labeling and they do not have the problem that the United States have. Some countries even go as far to ban GMOs and only let some in. They have to go through many processes and tests to examine the effects and quality of the plant and/or product. These countries have lower rates of GMO food purchases and their environment is much cleaner than the United States. Monsanto has always tried its hardest to prevent any law from passing to regulate and label their products. They have spent millions of dollars. They have also threatened to sue the states that have brought up the idea or bill the label. The public has protested and demanded labeling, they believe they have a right to know
Making them safe to eat and no studies were required to test the safety of these GM foods. The reason for this, the FDA official in charge of promoting GMOs was the former attorney for Monsanto, one of the biggest biotech companies that made huge profits. After the official was removed from his position in the FDA, it was found that the FDA scientist had actually warned against the use of GM foods because of their ability to create hard to predict side effects such as new diseases, nutritional problems, and allergies. These scientist pushed for long-term safety studies but were rejected. Many of biotech companies that have been found to hide the effects of their toxins, are in charge of deciding whether foods are GM
While I agree it is important to find a sustainable food source and way to produce such foods, people in this generation tend to be more concerned with organically and naturally grown foods. There are several companies that now offer 100% certified organic foods in which a number of people are now learning towards after hearing all of the derogatory statements involving Monsanto's genetically modified products. Many Monsanto stakeholders should already growing concerned of the safety implications of genetically modified foods. Biotech crops are completely unnatural and many are stating that Monsanto is "playing God" by creating these genetically modified seeds. Stakeholders are also concerned about destructive effects on those who ingest their products that are modified with the Roundup. It is a very valid and growing concern and because of this, Monsanto's stocks have continuously plummeted over the last few years; which is also where the stakeholder concerns lie. At this time there is no substantial evidence that has been produces to indicate that Monsanto's GM seeds will or can cause human harm, and it could very well be a long time until we can know for sure they won't. But in the meantime, as long as farmers are able to produce massive crops and save billions by using Monsanto's products, Monsanto will continue to produce these goods and service those willing to use them. I feel that there will come a day when they do discover that these GM products lead to harmful or fatal diseases and when they do, there will be a major shortage of food worldwide. It was stated back in September 2012 that French researchers had found a direct link between Monsanto corn and numerous cancers in lab rats. The two year study
According to a January 2012 lawsuit against Frito-Lay filed by Chris Shake, “modified organisms are created artificially in a laboratory by swapping genetic material across species to exhibit traits not naturally theirs (Dye)." The lawsuit also argues that the labeling of snack foods such as Tostitos and Sun Chips as “all-natural” should not be permitted sine they are made from genetically engineered corn and oils. In my opinion, “all-natural” means the ingredients can be found in nature, not in a Petri dish.
The secretary of Agriculture, Dan Glickman, once said “The organic label is a marketing tool it is not a statement about food safety. Nor is ‘organic’ a value judgment about nutrition or quality.” While the greatest feature for stores is to have their very own marketing gimmick, the gimmick being their products are non-genetically modified. Many experiments and tests have been conducted over genetically modified organisms and the answer they keep coming up with is “there is no good evidence that genetic modified itself causes foods to become unhealthy or toxic”, according to Authority of Nutrition. This statement alone takes the marketing gimmicks used against GMO foods down a peg. For years humans have eaten genetically modified foods and have