IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Representative Serene Lau introduced the following bill which was referred to the Committee on ___________________.
Required Labeling on Genetically Modified Food
This bill will require the labeling of genetically modified food in the United States of America.
Congress hereby finds and declares that genetically modified foods should require labeling and identification because the functions of genetic manipulation are only partially understood and may cause critical harm. For years, genetically modified food has been a challenging controversial problem among the world. There are numbers of dispute between the advantages and disadvantage in the food production of using genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Genetically modified organisms are organisms whose genetic material have been altered by taking genes from one species and inserting them into another in an attempt to obtain a desired trait that the original species did not have. Many countries around the world have banned the production of GMOs in their nation. United States does not only NOT ban GMOs but manufacturers are not required to identify or label a GMOs product. The public should have the right to know what they are consuming. Genetically modified food can also increase human health risk and impact the environment negatively.
The human population may be at risk if genetically modified foods are used around the world. “In 30 countries including [nations] in Europe, Japan and Australia, GMOs have been banned...or restricted significantly, due to safety concerns,” stated by Chris Kilham of Fox News , “...other nations are considering more aggressive restrictions against engineered food.” There are growing concerns when introducing foreign genes into crops that may lead to a negative impact that may risk human health. A well publicized French study have shown that during an experiment, approximately 50% male rats and 70% female rats died when they were feed with genetically modified food. Researchers have also seen a significant increase in animal cancer after the 90-day trail . There is not enough proven evidence that GMOs can support the human population. Genetic engineers claim that genetically modified food can help to reduce world hunger . Genetic engineering is not the answer. There is enough food on Earth for everyone to survive on but the problem is food is not distributed fairly. Genetically modified crops are distributed to developed countries such as United States and Europe. In Africa, a developing country, 250,000 people starve each day because of economic problems . Genetically modified foods are not only unsafe to animals and human but they result in grave damages to the environment.
Genetically modified crops once outside, opened to the environment, can no longer be control like they could in the laboratory. Genetically modified crops can self-replicate and can pass on their new...