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Genetically Modified Food is Created By:• Using biotechnology• Genes inserted into food sources• Altered DNA produces new proteins that lead to new characteristics http://www.drfranklipman.com/images/2011/03/genetic-modification.jpg
Reasons For Creating Genetically Modified Food:• To produce chemical compounds such as vitamins and other nutrients that are not normally present to make for a more efficient source of nutrition• To have a herbicide tolerance and insect resistance http://onepaperbagprincess.files.wordpress.com/2012 /11/carrots.jpg?w=363&h=363
Issues Against Creating Genetically Modified Food:• Tend to increase allergic reactions because of allergens from one food can be transferred to another• Crops can threaten centers of crop diversity because the varieties of seeds can become extinct http://gmfhome.weebly.com/uploads/2/2/2/0/22208/5585738.jpg
Arguments FOR Labeling• Consumers have a right to know what’s in their food• Will allow consumers to identify and not choose the food products that cause them problems• For religious or cultural reasons, many Americans want to avoid eating animal products• Food companies regularly reprint labels, so it would not increase food-packaging costs. http://www.choicesmagazine.org/2003-2/2003-2-01-banner.jpg
Arguments AGAINST Labeling• any individual allowed to sue family farmers and grocers without any proof of harm, potentially costing courts, businesses and taxpayers millions.• Farmers and food companies would be forced to switch to higher- priced, non-genetically modified organic ingredients, potentially increasing food cost for families by hundreds of dollars per year• If a nutritional or allergenic difference were found, current FDA regulations require a label to that effect.• Labeling to fulfill desires of some consumers would impose a cost on all consumers• Consumers who want to buy non-Genetically modified food already have an option: to purchase certified organic foods• Facilities could not currently accommodate the need for segregation of Genetically modified food and non-Genetically modified products.
Genetically Modified Foods should be labeled!I believe that labeling should be mandatory because it presents many healthand cultural issues. If products are not labeled, they can effect one’s healthleading to bad results or upsetting one’s culture. The first reason forgenetically modified foods being labeled is that allergens can be transferredto one food to another. If there is no label one will think that its safe to eatthe food and end up with an allergic reaction. People should be able to knowwhat is in their foods. The second reason is that if in one cultural or religionthat can not eat one food, and it is in their genetically modified food, theywill be going against what they are doing. They have a right to know whatthey’re eating for their purposes. The third reason is that food companiesregularly reprint labels, so it would not increase food-packaging costs. Itwould not be that much of a big deal to add something in for our people. It isonly fair if we know what we are eating. This should be treated equal likeother foods are and be labeled. As said in the text book, “zero risk is probablyunattainable”(240). It’s better to be safe than sorry in the end.
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