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GMO foods should be labeled fr the benefit of consumers

Dr. Claire CaJacob, Global Wheat Technology Lead, poses for a portrait inside a growth chamber with three month old wheat on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2014, at Monsanto's Chesterfield Village Research Center near St. Louis. The growing conditions simulate a summer day in North Dakota. Monsanto is once again pursuing development of genetically modified wheat - something it abandoned in the 1990s after meeting stiff resistance from farmers worried about consumer reaction. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

Written by Meaghan Bitters, Asst. Advertising Manager

After there has been so much talk about the connection between genetically modified organisms and cancer, several people have chosen to cut out GMOs from their diet. However, it can be pretty hard to do that if consumers are unsure of which food has been modified and which have not.

A GMO is an organism whose genetic material has been altered by means of genetic engineering, which means it’s DNA contains one or more genes not normally found there (Dictionary.com).

Scientists have been altering the genetic material of plants and other feeding material so they can do things such as produce faster, last longer, and need less herbicides. The risk of doing this is compromising consumer’s health.

Labels should be put on every product that has GMOs to ensure safety for consumers. People should know what they’re eating, and not all people read the ingredients of the foods they’re buying. If the food is labeled GMO, then less people will buy that food. This is good for our environment and the health of consumers, but will eventually lead to the discontinuation of GMOs, which will be bad for the GMO companies.

GMO companies try to say their products are scientifically proven to be safe. If they’re so safe, why hide their ingredients by refusing the GMO label?

If GMO is forced to label, consumers will stop buying GMO foods and start buying non-GMO foods. This will be good for non-GMO companies, as they’ll be able to increase profit by marketing that they don’t use GMOs. However, this will be undesirable for GMO companies because their profits will decrease. This could lead to banishing GMOs entirely and cause them to find an alternative for their products.

This is desirable for the health of consumers because if GMOs are potentially linked to cancer and birth defects, why risk the health of our population by using them?  Not everyone knows the difference between GMO and non-GMO food and shouldn’t be held responsible for conducting their own research. Isn’t that what the FDA is for?

If the GMO food isn’t 100 percent safe, people should know.

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  2. “After there has been so much talk about the connection between genetically modified organisms and cancer” There may have been talk about it, but no link has ever been found so why base an opinion on hearsay? There are no facts to substantiate GMO’s causing any cancer.

    “If the GMO food isn’t 100 percent safe, people should know.” Show me something 100% safe please?

    “This is desirable for the health of consumers because if GMOs are potentially linked to cancer and birth defects, why risk the health of our population by using them?” But what if they aren’t? Then you’ve attacked something that actually has benefits for humanity. Have you ever even considered the benefits of GMO’s?

    I suggest you read up on GMO and science (based on facts, not opinion).

    • GMOs maybe perfectly safe.
      Just like pork is perfectly nutritious for Jews and Muslims.
      Just like non Hilal meats are perfectly healthy for Muslims.
      Just like Bugs and worms are delicious and nutritious too.
      Just like pig’s blood or dog meat is perfectly safe to feed your kids.
      Just like fried field mice can be eatin by your family without side affects.

      Just because it is perfectly safe to eat…doesn’t mean everyone is going to want to eat it.

      Wouldn’t you like to know what’s in a plate of food that some stranger sets in front of you? I would.

      People have a right to know what they are eating…even if it’s perfectly safe.
      Personally I object to being fed dog meat or field mice…even though they are perfectly safe to eat. Others would prefer not to eat GMO foods.

      CONSUMERS LIKE YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW what’s in your food…and to CHOOSE to eat or not..

      Some people want to know what they are eating. That’s why labeling is important
      Other’s could care less.. they’ll eat anything.

      So…just label GMO products for those who CARE …and EVERYONE will be happy.

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