By Suu Elen Manzano |Staff Writer|
You are what you eat.
I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be genetically engineered.
I want to know if the food I’m consuming was made in a laboratory.
Much like Frankenstein, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) can be freaks of non-nature.
GMOs are created in a lab by taking genetic material from one organism and putting it into the DNA of another.
If this wasn’t controversial enough, then you also need to consider that no official study has ever been conducted to define the long term effects of consuming GMOs.
For all we know, we could start growing extra limbs.
According to a study done at Ohio State University, “Clinical trials would be difficult to perform because 60-70 percent of food products in groceries are already genetically modified.”
However, one of the risks associated with consuming genetically altered food is the possibility of an allergic reaction to certain proteins that can now be incorporated into foods.
So why are food companies producing products with GMOs?
According to The National Institute of Health, GMOs allow for an, “increased supply of food with reduced cost and longer shelf life.” Basically for a couple cents in savings, if that.
The Agribusiness makes millions, maybe even billions in increased profits.
And you get a product that has been sitting on the shelf longer than nature ever intended it to.
GMOs are gross and not worth supporting.
We have the right to choose better foods.
Don’t be cheap, spend the extra dollar on fresh and healthy foods.
Since there are no laws requiring labeling of GMOs the risks are high when choosing what to eat.