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Argumentative essay

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  1. 1. Surname 1 Name: Tutor: Course: Date: Hazardous Effects of GMOs Call for their Labeling The traditional crossbreeding has created the genetically modified crops. The markets are nowadays flooded with Genetically Modified Food. People can now grow crops of their choice- the ones that have certain desirable characteristics. This thus puts at risk the lives of consumers who buy these foods without knowledge of the health hazards. However, if proper labeling is done on food products, chances are high that the lives of many people could be saved from possible harm. Labeling provides proper information on the contents of food substances. It informs consumers on what they should exactly buy after considering their safety. Despite the importance of labeling in promoting consumer safety, the United States of America still ignores the consumer calls for food labeling. The consumers understand the need of food labeling. Studies show that ninety percent of American consumers know the need to label food products for enhanced food safety. Do you know the importance of labeling? Why has the United States refused to grant its citizens this vital right? Why should it do it now? This paper therefore discusses the significances of Genetically Modified food labeling that ought to be considered by the American government for the safety of the general American consumers and visitors. Labeling Genetically Modified Food helps reduce the numerous health complications and subsequent deaths. Recent studies have clearly linked genetically engineered food to the high instances of kidney damages, liver failures, abnormal growth and many other serious ailments (Freedman 83). Despite the harsh reality associated with the production, sale, and consumption
  2. 2. Surname 2 of these engineered foods, the United States government still allows its consumer populace waste themselves through daily consumption of GMOs. Consumers are still allowed to purchase and consume genetically engineered foods. Almost every kitchen and grocery in every household in the United States contains these harmful foods. Worryingly, 88% of united state’s corn is genetically modified. Similarly, 93% of Soya Beans, 95% of sugar beets, and 75% of processed food in supermarkets have been genetically engineered. All these make the consumer to have limited chances of getting food products that are safe for their consumption. The people are always struggling to avoid these harmful food products and lead a healthier life. The United States government is however dedicated to maintaining healthy business environments that put fore consumer safety (Institute of Medicine 6). This is seen through the government’s unrelenting support and cooperation with organizations like World Health Organization and is policies on consumer safety. However, most of these policies do not focus on the products being sold but rather the way transactions are done and how consumers are generally treated. Key concerns include pricing and quality of products. With the emerging trends on food engineering and subsequent food poisoning, it is high time that the American government consider labeling as another efficient tool to reduce consumer risks and deaths. Informed consumers make appropriate choices on the foods to purchase and consume. This therefore reduces the government’s risk of losing important human resource to the GMO menace. Genetically modified foods are known for their introduction of many health side effects. Stunted growth among the consumers in the United States will translate into an equally stunted economy where issues of development are not deliberated on. Additionally, the prevalence of diseases due to the engineered foods impairment of the immune systems makes the American population an unhealthy population. It is however worrying to note the reluctance of
  3. 3. Surname 3 organizations like the FDA in implementing Genetically Modified food labeling. How can these organizations argue against human life!? The statistics speak aloud on almost every hospital concerning the big numbers being lost daily due to engineered food effects. The number of people living with lethal conditions brought about by these foods calls for the adoption of preventive measures that will bring down or reduce the effects of the same. For these reason, organizations like the FDA should not claim that labeling engineered foods will harm the market by making them look different. But making them different is the only way to save the people from their innumerable side effects! This makes the situation in America concerning the engineered food sale and consumption dire and in need of effective mitigating steps. It is contradicting though to note the irony of institutions like the FDA. They claim that labeling GMOs would make them different yet the research by scientist before their introduction indicated GMO’s uniqueness in content and effects. There is therefore need for the government to adopt and fully implement the Federal Food and Cosmetic Act. This act provides for the judicial execution of institutions like FDA. This is arrived at basically on the grounds that providing misleading information to the general public is equivalent to killing the whole of it. In fact, the act calls for the inclusion of all relevant information that a consumer ought to know. This should be done in its entirety for the benefit of the general public. It is thus ironical for the government’s branches to conflict over the universally important concern over consumer health and safety. It only means that the industries sometimes collaborate with some organizations like the FDA to harm the consumers for a profit. This is confirmed by the FDA’s straightforward acceptance of industry information on food products yet the information is insufficient to give the exact contents of the food products. This insufficient and misleading information on food
  4. 4. Surname 4 products should attract punitive government interventions. Labeling is the solution to the many instances of engineered foods’ killings. Experts like doctors, nurses, physicians, clinicians, and other medical practitioner’s advice the people of America to eat safe foods. They do this via several media. They use the radio, television, internet, and many other available media. They warn against eating certain foods that have been contaminated with organic chemicals. Among these food products are rice, soy, and sugar beets. Their stern warnings revolve around the many diseases and complications one gets by consuming engineered foods. Among these ailments are: stunted growth, impaired immune system, bleeding stomachs, abnormal and potentially dangerous cell growth in the intestines, and impaired blood cell developments among others (Mark 4). However, providing this crucial information to the general public achieves its intended purpose minimally if the public do not have relevant information on what to buy and what not to buy. For this case, labeling comes in handy in providing this information. Labeling that is done properly enables the consumer to decide on what to purchase based on created awareness on the product’s content. The Center for Food Safety has always worked to create his awareness on the grassroots but much ought to be done. The government should introduce further laws and regulations to put labeling of food products first (Costanigro 265). The consumer is to make choices that are relevant and working towards avoiding them from the engineered foods. The claim by industries that labeling would side line their products in the market is null and void. Business on food products should not be done at the expense of consumer safety. Profit oriented institutions that compromise consumer safety should thus be subjected to punitive government laws to be made in order to correct their malpractice. America is only safe when its population is healthy and meaningfully impacting on their lives and the life of the country at large. For this reason, the
  5. 5. Surname 5 prior decisions allowing for the sale of unlabeled engineered food products thus remains a mere political decision that had no scientific base in whatsoever way. The government should not let down the increasing wave of food safety awareness that is within the general American population. The main concern is to stop pretence and enhance consumer welfare. It should also come to the cognition of the government that leading a healthy population is simpler than having to always budget for the series of medications heralded by engineered food consumption. Though the government is providing evidences that it is working hard to provide this much needed support in creating consumer safety awareness, many needs to be done. In 2013, more than half the states in the United States introduced and passed bills that require thorough labeling of engineered food products. This is thus a walk away from the previous false doctrines that placed industries’ profit on the fore to the detriment of consumer health and destinies. The defeat of the 2011 policy was a key milestone in the food industry (Hannon 56). This is because this policy had derailed any attempts to bring the consumer safety measures into effect. It had wasted the efforts of many good will individuals, groups, and organizations that wanted consumer safety be placed first. Currently, the FDA is required to provide and foster the passing of relevant information concerning a food products that can help consumers make informed choices based on their health concerns (Kimbrel 348). The struggle is not over yet. It is common for American organizations to provide misleading product information if strict follow-ups are not put in place. The government should therefore institute proper ways to do this follow-up and save American people from the hazardous effects of engineered foods (Senauer 5). Additionally, labeling engineered foods help in protecting consumer and general American environment. The production and ultimate consumption of engineered foods does not
  6. 6. Surname 6 only harm the American consumers but also the American environment. The enormous amounts of gene transfers done annually in America (transgenes) from modified crops to ordinary ones lead to hybridization. Hybridization alters the entire ecosystems when hybrid crops flourish (Teitel 36). These genes get indirectly to consumers and animals thus affecting their routine traits and operations. The main impact this will have on the organism that consumes them is the organism’s development of antibiotic resistance. A DNA is likely to be digested faster into much smaller pieces than a gene and this makes this development hastened. In fact, production of engineered food increases chances of poisoning all forms of life ranging from aquatic to the tiniest insects (Metak 384). Government’s move to foster food labeling may help reduce the sale of engineered foods and ultimately lead to the failure of industries producing these foods. This will save the national and international ecosystem from harm. In conclusion, the American government should look for best ways to stop the production and sale of unlabeled genetically engineered food products. This will help protect the consumers in the United States and also protect the American ecosystem. Key steps to be taken include introduction of punitive legislations that give focus to proper food labeling, creation of awareness on the American populace on the need to only but labeled food products, and the enhancement of industrial ethics. The industries should produce what is safe to the people who are going to fed on their products. To take the lead the promotion of healthy food production and consumption are the individual American, the food production industries, the businessmen dealing with these food products, and the government (Sharatt 94). Such unity is what will guarantee America success in this course.
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