Don’t Label Genetically Modified Foods
The World Health Organization defines GMOs as “organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally. ” As a result of the technology, certain individual genes are transferred into one organism from another. Much to the dismay of many major food companies, consumers increasingly demand to know what their food is, how it was grown, where it came from, who benefits from it, and where the money is going that is made off of it.
GMO labeling is the next logical step in our food education. In the Article “ Don’t Mandate Labeling for Gene-Altered Foods” the author, Cass Sunstein, said that “The Argument for labeling GM foods would be compelling if they posed risks to human health. This, of course, a scientific question, and most scientist now believe that GM food, as such, doesn’t pose health risk. ” Because of patent laws held by major chemical companies, independent testing of these seeds has been nearly impracticable.
The only tests that have been done on these seeds were sponsored by the chemical companies themselves. This in my opinion, is a conflict of interest, as the people selling something shouldn’t also be the ones responsible for proving its safety. In order to get a more accurate picture of the health risks associated with genetically modified foods, long term testing needs to take place in an environment free from the pressure of who’s paying the bills.