In the last ten years of genetic research, there has been a lot of change in the process of food production. The genetics of many foods and seeds in stores have been changed, hence the name GMOs, or genetically modified organisms. According to the Non GMO Project, GMOs have had changes in their DNA for a specific purpose such as resisting pesticides and herbicides. The first genetically modified food to enter the market was a tomato. Now, GMOs are used in 80% of normal foods we buy. GMOs have become a normal part of our agriculture and food market, but they have harmful side effects. The pros of having GMOs resist insecticides and herbicides is greatly outweighed by the fact that GMOs have been connected to causing harmful diseases and environmental damage.
Recent research in GMOs have showed connections between GMOs and diseases in people such as cancer and even a mysterious disease known as Morgellons disease. According to the Huffington Post article, “What’s the Big Deal about Genetically-Modified Organisms”, “The symptoms of this “unknown” disease included: crawling, stinging, biting, and crawling sensations; threads or black speck-like materials on or beneath the skin; and granules or lesions.” The changes made in these food have been known to be harmful to the human body.
Genetically modified plants have been changed to withstand any herbicides or insecticides put on them. The Non GMO Project states that these plants have caused “super weeds” to emerge making it harder for herbicides to kill these. To do this, we must use much stronger herbicides which may damage the soil. The same is also true for “super bugs”, making it necessary to use stronger insecticides to protect the GMO plants. GMOs also affect the environment. Growing GMOs has also affected the farmers who grow normal plants, as GMOs sometimes contaminate these corps by blowing in from a neighboring field.
GMOs were created to be easier to grow and be exactly what you wanted to grow. The vision was for fruit to be bigger, better, and easier to grow. As we’ve accomplished this, there have been too many negative side affects to this. The nutritional quality of this food has decreased. We are getting more food, but we aren’t getting as much nutrition out of the food we consume. Quality is better than quantity. The Non GMO Project shows that more than 60 countries, not including the United States, have restricted GMOs. The United States, however, has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by GMO corporations.
GMOs are in many common foods. GMO Inside reports that GMOs are commonly found in foods such as alfalfa, canola, corn, soy, sugar beets, and the list goes on. There is also a high risk of GMOs showing up in animal products such as dairy, honey, and eggs because of the feed given to the producing animals or insects. So many of GMO products are not labeled in stores. Americans have a right to know what they are putting into their bodies. If these products are clearly labeled, people can make an educated decision on whether they want to eat GMO foods which have been known to harm our bodies and harm the environment. Polls discussed by Non GMO Project have shown that 91% of North Americans want GMOs labeled and 53% wouldn’t buy GMO food if they knew that it did contain GMOs.
GMOs have become a big part of our food market very fast. Now people are realizing what this could mean for their health and environment. If these products are clearly labeled, people will understand what they are buying make an educated decision on what they put in their bodies.