Persuasive Speech: Why We Should Abandon Genetically Modified Food

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Persuasive Speech: Genetically Modified Food We all enjoy a cold glass of milk with homemade cookies, a refreshing pop on a hot summer day, and a juicy cob of corn in the summer months. But, do we ever wonder what is really in our food? Because genetically modified foods do not have to be labeled, you will likely never know if the food you are consuming is genetically modified. As a fellow member of the Organic Consumers Association, I am eager to inform you of why genetically modified food is an issue that we must work to minimize or perhaps even abolish. I am excited to present this information to you, hopefully expanding your knowledge of genetically modified food. I hope that this conference will allow us to broaden our ideas of how …show more content…

Every time we go into the grocery store, we pick out foods we assume to be healthy for our bodies: fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meat, and grains. However, if these foods are genetically modified, they could be detrimental to our health. The problem with GM foods is that the effects they may have on the environment and human health are widely unknown. This is because of inadequate testing and licensing too quickly. Without completely scrutinizing and examining the harmful effects that GM foods can have on the environment and humans, licenses are issued to companies that allow them to produce seeds that are genetically engineered. Genetically modified crops may transfer genes to other species, which can result in cross-breed weed species. Weeds like this can impact the surrounding crop, ultimately harming the farmer because of reduced product yield. A large concern for most GM crop critics is the spread of pollen to non-GM plants, thus eventually making non-GM and GM plants unable to coexist. The fact of the matter is, once these crops are planted, the harmful effects of them cannot be undone. “In recent years, food-safety experts have identified several potential problems that might arise as a result of engineering food crops, including the possibilities of introducing new toxins or allergens into previously safe foods, increasing toxins to dangerous levels in