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.