War Over What We Eat

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Ryan Lee
Professor Eugene Francis III
English 1102
16 November 2014
War over What We Eat Introduction/Thesis Genetically modified organisms (GMO) are an organism whose genome has been engineered in the laboratory in order to favor the expression of desired physiological traits or the production of desired biological products according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. In grocery stores in the United States, as much as 70 percent of the processed food may contain genetically modified organisms. The same cannot be said for the European Union, who has much tighter regulations regarding the planting and end use of genetically modified (GM) foods. There is a worldwide debate over the safety and benefit of genetically modified organisms and whether they should be allowed on the dinner table. History In October of 1992, the US Department of Agriculture authorized a petition to allow Calgene Inc. to proceed with the commercialization of the Flavr Savr Tomato. By 1994 the genetically engineered tomato was the first of its kind to reach U.S. grocery stores. China had already been producing other transgenic products such as tomatoes and tobacco. This tomato was eventually removed from market for lack of interest but it started the landslide that is the face of today’s farmland. History 2/Monsanto The beginnings of the biotechnology and gene transfer therapy in plants started with a chemical company, Monsanto, and their lead scientist Ernie Jaworski. In 1979 Monsanto and

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