Gmo Research Paper

1733 words 7 pages
Genetically Modified Foods
Someone out there has probably wondered why their tomatoes which they bought at a supermarket, taste different than the tomatoes at a farmers market. Well to answer that curious person, the tomatoes from the supermarket are most likely Genetically Modified. Genetically Modified foods (GM foods) are organisms in which genetic material (DNA) have been altered in a way that is not natural. Basically they are inserting genes of another species into their DNA, the process is known as biotechnology. 45 percent of corn and 85 percent of soybean are genetically modified. Fulton states that “some 70-90 percent of processed food is genetically modified and has been that way for years” (“Politics Heating Up Over…”). The
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Their research is interesting as well as their thoughts and views on labeling GM foods. “Labeling can be viewed as a means of providing information for consumers to make informed choices and there is much debate about the merits or otherwise of different labeling poices”(Hu,Veeman,Adamowiz 84). According to Hu, Veeman, and Adamowiz the study they are working on asks two questions dealing with labeling genetically modified foods. The questions are “how consumers behave under different labeling polices and what extent do they value the information revealed in different labeling contexts” (84). “Views on labeling requirements for food with GM ingredients tend to be paralyzed. Two types of labeling practices are currently being used: mandatory labeling and voluntary labeling” (Hu,Veeman,and Adamowiz 84).
The Government has been major part of the battle against labeling GM foods. In the United States, the government would rather not label the foods so they can have more money to themselves. Fulton from the NPR says that the “GM issue have become a full-blown political one that’s not likely to go away anytime soon”. “According to a recent report in the prestigious science Journal Nature DNA from genetically engineered(GE) corn has contaminated native varieties growing in the remote, mountainous Sierra Norta de Oaxaco reigon in Mexico”(Kaplan “Playing


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