In America, consumers are unknowingly acting as lab rats for one of the most precarious and unwarranted experiments for human health. By definition, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses, or other organisms1. Since GMO’s first hit grocery stores they have been contaminating our nation’s food supply without a majority of consumers even realizing it.
The U.S. is currently a top producer of genetically modified foods in the world, yet genetically
modified foods are the least regulated in the U.S. compared to other European countries. Currently, the U.S. does not enforce a federal policy for the ...view middle of the document...
If the labeling of GMOs is mandated by the government this may expose how unhealthy GMO products really are and shut down these major biotech companies.
How can people feel safe about GMOs when there is such a lack of information about their safety? It is extremely alarming that food manufacturers currently do not test their GMO products. Instead, American consumers continue to blindly eat GM products. The government needs to take action now to label GMOs before they pose a serious health risk for consumers.
Only one study on GMOs has ever been conducted and the study revealed that genes “jumped” from GM soy into the DNA of human intestinal bacteria. These genes continued to function. This means that even after stopping the consumption of GM soy, genetically modified proteins may continually be produced inside the consumer 5 .Follow-up tests to this study have yet to be completed and this adds to the unknown risks that may result from consuming GMOs. GMO labeling could lead to extensive tests that could prove or disprove the results of this study.
While extensive human testing with GM products is limited, scientists have tested animals and the results are disturbing. A recent article published in Lancet examined the effects of GM potatoes on the digestive tract in rats. This study claimed that there were appreciable differences in the intestines of rats fed GM potatoes and rats fed unmodified potatoes 7 . If noticeable negative differences were consistently observed in lab rats, there is a substantial possibility of similar outcomes in humans. Furthermore, animal research indicates serious health risks from eating GM foods including infertility, accelerated aging, organ damage, and cancer6 .
There is a variety of health issues that may arise from the production of GMOs. When genetically engineering a crop, the DNA of GMOs may undergo multiple mutations and this may produce allergies or give rise to disease. Genetically engineering creates the possibility that introducing a gene into a crop could produce a new allergen or cause an allergic reaction in susceptible individuals7. Since...