GMO Foods

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GMO Foods

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are living entities where scientific techniques and biotechnology have altered their genetic material. These organisms include bacteria, fungi or yeast, insects, plants, and animals. These genetic modifications are a result of insertion, deletion, or mutation of a specific gene or groups of genes. Science would modify to introduce a desired trait into the organism, which would be beneficial for survival. These traits can include resistance to pests; chemicals, such as pesticides; environmental conditions, such as severe heat, cold, or aridity; and production of chemicals or nutrients.

Today most developed countries don’t regard GMO foods to be safe. In fact, they place significant restrictions and bans on the production and sales of GMO foods. On the other hand in the United States, GMO foods are approved for production and sale, based on safety studies from corporations that created them. Furthermore, the United States doesn’t require any mandatory labeling of such foods. The corporate lobby groups are the reason because they want consumers left in the dark about what is real and what is isn’t. (These modified foods are often called Frankenfoods.)

So what makes GMO foods so bad? According to the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, “several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with genetically modified GM food consumption including infertility, immune deregulation, accelerated aging, deregulation of genes associated with cholesterol synthesis, insulin regulation, cell signaling, protein formation, and changes in the liver, kidney, spleen, and gastrointestinal system.”  These studies have been taken from animal models and have yet to be proven in the human model. As a precaution, shouldn’t the government err on safety because ample animal evidence suggests probable harm? At the very least, shouldn’t the government demand labeling of GMO foods and give its people the right to choose?    

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