Ears of corn sit on the countertop and mouths salivate in anticipation. The corn is slathered in butter, sprinkled with a dash of seasoning, and placed on the hot grill. All of a sudden, blood-curdling shrieks of pain erupt from beneath the cover of the grill as the ears of corn plead to be let out. Startled, the cook opens the grill and gasps in shock at the sight before his eyes. It seems the corn has developed actual ears and a face. Next time, it might be wise to check for a food label, perhaps reading “Frankenfood.” The problem is, these transgenic foods don’t require labels. These are the types of sensationalist advertisements used by opponents of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). They certainly grab one’s attention, associating GMOs with the stuff of science fiction and labeling them as “Frankenfoods.” This stigma associated with GMOs needs to be eradicated.
Although the production of transgenic crops have numerous benefits, many consumers are concerned about the potential risks. In the United States, regulation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concludes that GMOs do not pose a threat to human health and thus, do not require labeling. In order to address consumer concern, and in the interest of transparency, the FDA should implement mandatory labeling laws for genetically modified (GM) food products. Labeling would indicate the presence of GM ingredients and whether crops are the result of genetic modification. Furthermore, despite the benefits of GMOs, they have potential risks, such as environmental, ethical, and socioeconomic concerns. These concerns should be more thoroughly addressed by the FDA and incorporated into GMO regulations. GMOs offer numerous benefits, but in order to appease the concerns of consumers, the FDA should implement mandatory labeling laws and modify GMO regulation to address valid socioeconomic and environmental risks.
As transgenic crops become increasingly prevalent in the food market, the public has raised concerns regarding the environmental and health safety of these crops. GMOs are organisms that have been produced by engineering in which the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) of an organism is altered using biotechnology (“Genetically Modified Organisms”). The article “Safety considerations of DNA in Food,” describes the structure of DNA. DNA is composed of nucleotides, and the sequence of nucleotides determines the protein, and thus the trait, that the DNA codes for (Jonas et al. 237). Genetic modification alters this sequence with this newly modified of sequence of nucleotides being called recombinant DNA (Jonas et al. 237). Transgenic crops, GM crops, are produced for a number of reasons that offer farmers and consumers many benefits, such as increased yield, nutritional value, resistance to insects and disease, and adaptability to harsh environments in this changing climate.
In order to combat malnutrition, several transgenic crops have been altered to increase their nutritional value. For...