GMO-A New, Healthier Fast
HC177: Biotech & Art
Many children and adults in America
become obese or nutrient-deficient
because they eat too much fast food.
Instead of eating vegetables and fruits,
they snack on fries and fats and oils. I
propose to genetically modify the foods
that fast food places serve to incorporate
some of the necessary nutrients within the
French fries, burgers, and other fast foods.
The problems of GMO in fast foods would
probably include the high costs of
production and perhaps detrimental effects
on the environment and consumers. http://thestockmasters.com/images/mcdonalds-
However, with thorough research and fat.jpg
comprehensive testing, I hope to market
this new and improved fast food out as a
healthier, cost-effective indulgence.
Genetically modified foods is still a new
project undergoing testing. I will take GMOs a
step further to introduce it into mainstream
fast foods to help rectify nutritional
deficiencies among many Americans.1
Inducing potatoes to produce vitamins
naturally and hamburger buns to have iron
and certain minerals can help alleviate
Americans who eat fast foods often to regain
a healthier balance in their diets.
Context & Precedents
67% of Americans over 20 are overweight, and 34% are obese.
Although Americans are “overfed” in carbohydrates, fats, and
sodium, they are deficient in several key nutrients.2 Potassium,
Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and iron are several minerals and vitamins
we lack as a result of our unhealthy diets.3
An example of a successful GMO is “Golden Rice” attempted to
address the Vitamin A deficiency in poorer parts of the world.3
Because many people ate rice in those communities,
engineering rice to produce beta-carotene that would convert to
Vitamin A helped introduce the needed essentials to people who
would otherwise lack these nutrients.
Genetically modified potatoes used to make French
fries will incorporate vitamins. Instead of purely eating
salt and starch, fast-food consumers will also be
ingesting a portion of their daily nutrient values, such
as Vitamin A of the original “Golden Rice.”
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Also, fast food burgers will have
modified buns, lettuce, and tomatoes
that are genetically modified to include
fiber and vitamins. The flour used to
make hamburger buns will be
engineered to have iron, while the
lettuce will have potassium and
calcium. Consumers will be able to
consume part of their daily values
than only fats and oils when they
Some problems that arise from GMOs in our fast
foods include the costs it will undoubtedly have
on research and production. Also, the effect of
these foods on the environment and people may
However, I hope that with thorough research,
GMOs can be accomplished successfully and
safely. Also I would like to mass-produce these
fast foods inexpensively for those in developing
countries or poorer communities as part of a fight
against world hunger/nutrient deficiency.
The concept of a “healthier fast-food”
is perhaps paradoxical. However,
many of us eat fast foods out of
convenience or taste to the point that
we neglect nutritional values. If we
are able to genetically modify these
foods to incorporate just a few of
these nutrients and mass-produce it,
children and adults alike can
supplement their diets with calcium,
iron, and vitamins. This is of course
not a complete substitute for a truly
healthy meal, but it can still
considerably lessen some nutritional
http://www.unc.edu/world/College_Updat deficiencies in the world.
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