The Pros And Cons Of Labeling Gmos

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Labeling GMOs The labeling of GMO food is pure common sense, and we should have that information just like we have calorie count. Genetically modified foods are increasingly controversial as they become more widespread. The U.S. manufactures more genetically modified (GM) foods than any other country (Streker). Sixty-one countries, including most developed countries, require labeling of genetically modified foods except for the United States (Burgaard). “In the genetic engineering process, scientists splice a specific gene that exhibits certain traits into a plant to create new artificial characteristics in organisms” (Burgaard; Streker). The resulting organism is considered GM, or genetically modified. The desired traits currently being practiced through genetic engineering are insect resistance, weed control, and improved nutritional content (Turner). The …show more content…

Sixty-one other countries enforce consumer "right to know" laws for GM foods (Burghaard). In the United States, it is expected for foods to have a label that says what is in it. Consumers expect for labels to say if artificial flavors or colors, vitamins, peanuts, or other ingredients have been added. Consumer’s attitude towards GM foods is conditioned by the risk that they perceive from introducing food that is processed through technology that they hardly understand (Bawa & Anilakumar). Consumers should be provided with information about the benefits and disadvantages of GM foods. Some buyers who normally would not eat GM foods may change their minds if they know of the possible benefits and disadvantages these foods pose. A label should also contain the contact information of the party verifying that the food product contains GM ingredients, including phone number and website address, so buyers can seek more

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