MSU ISB 201L - GMO Foods (3 pages)

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Gloria Veneziale 11 7 13 ISB 208L 018 Food Module Debates Label or Not Label GMO Foods The age old question of GMO is a timeless one GMO means genetically modified organism but in this case we are talking about food These foods have specific changes made to them through genetic engineering Everyday consumers are purchasing food off of shelves in grocery stores or fast food joints or restaurants and eating them without much knowledge or complaints These GM foods are produced because they seem to benefit the producer or consumer i e lower prices and greater durability or nutrition The question that poses itself is what is actually in these foods that make them so great or more beneficial As this issue continues more and more people want the FDA to require labels on food of what exactly goes into them On the other hand some Americans are simply indifferent to the labeling since GMO s have been around since scientists first modified the genetics of a plant in 1983 For over 25 years now crops have been genetically modified to be better and now people are raising an eyebrow to look further into the topic Gloria Veneziale 11 7 13 ISB 208L 018 Food Module Debates Pros 1 Those in favor of labeling emphasize consumers right to know what s in their food http www ext colostate edu pubs foodnut 09371 html 2 Mandatory labeling will allow consumers to identify and steer clear of food products that cause them problems http www ext colostate edu pubs foodnut 09371 html 3 Labeling will increase demand for non GMO products creating additional markets andpromoting economic development for MA farms including those not certified organic andwhose products are non GMO Additional markets additional income http marighttoknow com home why label gmos benefits oflabeling 4 GMO labeling will give the same rights to MA citizens that citizens in 64 other countries enjoy 64 nations have either banned or require labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients The U S and Canada are



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