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GMO, an Unreal Risk

In # 6: Labeling GMOs by Thanh1 Comment

In recent years, GMOs have become a controversial topic that a lot of people concern about. First, what are GMOs? GMOs stands for Genetically Modified Organisms, whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. In order to produce GMOs, a scientist has to extract genes from the DNA of one species and artificially force those into the genes of other species. The main goal of GMOs is to produce crops with pest resistant traits, and crops that are resistant to environmental effects like drought or extreme temperature. This results in higher growth and yield of the crops.   Because of all the genetic alterations, there have been a lot of concerns about GMOs on whether it can be harmful to consumers. As a student studying Food Science, I can surely confirm that there have been no studies providing evidence of harm from an approved GM in 20 years. On the other hand, GM crops have been proved to have good resistance to specific insects, plant viruses, bacteria, and fungi, tolerance to specific herbicides, improvement in nutrition values (minerals, …

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Tear off GMO Label

In # 6: Labeling GMOs by Yixin0 Comments

Transgenic technology development for more than 20 years, has been a variety of controversy. The mainstream science community to resist the controversy, genetically modified food technology to use more and more species, the market spread more and more widely. But for now, transgenic technology is almost impossible to be banned, and the tug of war is focused on whether to genetically modified food labeling, but that is enough to make the problem of genetically modified food is a huge impact. The United States is the largest investor in the research and development of genetically modified technology, although commercial production of genetically modified products is currently limited to crops such as soybeans, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, peppers and milk, but the United States is producing and commercializing genetically modified products Production has been in a global leader in the development of genetically modified products and management also has a more stringent system. The United States believes that there is no evidence that genetically modified products can cause special health risks, so the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), who is in charge …

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Is GM Labeling Actually Beneficial?

In # 6: Labeling GMOs by Emmalea1 Comment

Right now, the food industry is experiencing backlash from consumers.  This backlash is a result from consumers being uneducated on where they food comes from and how it is produced.  One topic that gets a lot of attention from consumers and the media is Genetically Modified Foods.  Although there have been no studies that have proven GM foods cause any negative side effects, consumers avoid GM foods because they think they are dangerous for consumption.  Adding a label to GM foods is going to lead to more confusion among consumers.  Where there is a label stating, “This Contains GM Ingredients,” the consumer is going to automatically think it is dangerous to consume and avoid buying it.  The disconnect between consumers and producers is going to be even larger.  Although I understand consumers want transparency with companies, this transparency is an unnecessary one.  I am really hoping GM foods do not get put on the backburner because of the GMO labeling laws.  The research being done with GM foods but without support from the public, the research cannot be used in …

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GMO Friend Not Foe

In # 6: Labeling GMOs, Leftovers by Brandon0 Comments

As our society becomes more educated we like to be more informed on the decisions we make. Even looking back twenty years ago, people would purchase necessities such as food without wondering what the repercussions of how the food was grown/ obtained. Now there is a huge debate on the labeling of genetically modified foods (GMO). The largest issue is that people relate GMOs with pesticides which has been proven to be harmful is inhaled or consumed. The truth is that every GMO that is approved is 100% safe and does not lead to disease. In fact, GMOs can do the same job as pesticides without causing any harm to people. They can also fortify nutrients into foods, making them healthier. Many scientists beg the question that we have been altering the natural selection of plant and animal species ever since people started selective breeding. Now this doesn’t mean I don’t believe that GMOs shouldn’t be labeled. I believe in transparency within companies is what makes companies thrive if they are doing the “right thing”. Looking at GMO labeling from …

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To GMO or not to GMO?

In # 6: Labeling GMOs by Cade0 Comments

A law requiring food companies to label foods as a GMO product is unnecessary. GMO’s, in my opinion, are probably the hottest topic in the food science industry right now. There are so many people that are now starting to move towards non-GMO diets and completely organic. This has made companies start to come out with their own organic and “natural” products. This seems strange because it seems as if their own products are competing with each other, but actually, they are just expanding in order to meet different consumer demands. The term “GMO” seems to scare a lot of people away from conventional foods. Some people think that if it is genetically modified, it will have pesticides and chemicals within the food product. The same people like to believe that the term GMO is an ingredient, and not a process to enhance the food. GMO’s are improving the quality of the food’s shelf life, appearance, etc. Eventually, I believe we will see more and more genetically modified animals and even genetically modified humans. Being genetically modified improves the intended …

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GMO, Yes or No?

In # 6: Labeling GMOs by Chuan2 Comments

GMO, these three letters has become a controversial topic amongst the public. But what does GMO mean? GMO is an acronym for “genetically modified organisms”, that is, organisms which has had their genetic material artificially manipulated through genetic engineering, thus enabling certain characteristics from other organisms to be implanted into the target organism. In the current situation, one of the most heated argument is on GMO labeling. Some believes that GMOs are not safe, they shouldn’t be labeled but banned from the world; some believes that GMOs are not safe, thus should be labeled; some believes that GMOs are safe, but should still be labeled for the consumers to make their own choice knowing the contents of the food; some believes that GMOs are safe, thus labeling is not necessary. Out of the many different views on GMO labeling, there are no rights or wrong, but pros and cons on the issue. Monsanto, the most hated company by the anti-GMO activist, the biggest corporate in GMO products, are one of over 1100 food and agriculture organizations that support the bipartisan …

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Unnatural Reality

In # 6: Labeling GMOs by Madison0 Comments

Ahh, GMOs. The acronym that sends helicopter mothers, crunchies, and hipsters alike running away in fear wearing hazmat suits. Soon it will be required in the U.S. for food companies to include GMO labels on all of their presence notifying consumers of the presence of genetically modified ingredients. Is this really necessary, though? I think not. First of all, let it be said that GMOs are not really a new thing. Our species has been manipulating the genetics of other plants and animals for thousands of years through domestication and selective breeding. Crops like corn, seedless watermelon, and peaches are all plants that have been refined over thousands of years through selective cross pollination and agricultural practices. Through artificial selection, tomatoes have been bred from the size of blueberries to their current size. Corn was selectively bred from teosinte to produce larger kernels and seed heads. My point is that a majority of plant species today have been consistently bred and pollinated in strategic ways for thousands of years. We humans have already been meddling with plant business, GM crops …

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GMO Labeling or Not?

In # 6: Labeling GMOs by Danyan0 Comments

In recent years, the issue of genetically modified food (GMO) labeling is highly controversial in America. Whether a food company should be label the food ingredients that have been genetically modified clearly on the package, or whether it is not necessary to give out this information to consumers. The argument between each side sticks to their views based on various reasons. However, in my opinion, a label is required for genetically modified food (GMO) and should be approved by Food and Drug Administration or other authority. In general, most people’s prevailing perception of genetically modified food (GMO) is always closely associated with safety and health. For this reason, some food companies claim that GMO food labeling is not necessary because genetically engineered foods have not been proved unsafe. Indeed, based on the studies we did, there is no scientific evidence prove that genetically modified food (GMO) have any adverse effect on human bodies up to now. Nonetheless, consumers have right to know what they are wat. “According to the Center for food safety, genetically modified ingredients are contained within an …

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GM Labeling

In # 6: Labeling GMOs by Cody1 Comment

Why have GM crops become such a hot topic issue in recent years? Is it because of science telling us that these crops can harm us? In short, no. GM crop use is a complex issue because it doesn’t always matter to people about the science, but, rather a fight against big business and emotions. However, with more and more people starting to think about where their food comes from, while not understanding the food and agriculture industry, it becomes an issue. Of course, from a scientific standpoint, GM labeling is unnecessary, as it doesn’t mean any sort of improvement in health. This is a “wicked problem” which indicates that there are more issues surrounding it than one may expect. However, even with all these emotions and untruths becoming more and more mainstream, I feel that transparency in the industry will help these companies in improving the image and economically. Even though the idea that GM is unhealthy is, according to science, not factual, for those individuals that feel that it is will feel more comfortable knowing where that food …

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Your GMO labels aren’t needed here

In # 6: Labeling GMOs, Assigned Posts by Alexis0 Comments

GMO’s and their place in the food industry is something that has become a hot topic recently. I’m not going to sit here and say that I know everything there is to know about genetically modified foods, but from what I have heard, they don’t seem nearly as bad as what they are made out to be. Until more consumers actually know what GMO’s are, I think the labeling of them is a bit obsolete. In fact, the more I think about it, labeling GMO’s is not really needed at all for several reasons. Believe it or not, these genetically modified organisms are getting their DNA varied for GOOD reasons. The food scientists out there aren’t sitting in their labs messing with foods in hopes of giving all humans a tail or sixth toe. They are trying to make foods more nutritious, fight disease, and even help hunger in third world countries. Changing a few genes to increase the amount of vitamin A in rice to help prevent vitamin A induced blindness in children doesn’t sound so bad now does …

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Out with the Labels

In # 6: Labeling GMOs by Justin2 Comments

GMO labeling can be helpful to consumers so they would know what they’re buying, but in the long run, there would be no need or use for doing so.  Dr. Rick Goodman has came in and provided information, as well as information learned in lectures given by Dr. Bob Hutkins, some GMOs, pesticides, and hormones that have been approved by the FDA are administered in small enough amounts where no harm and no definitive effects can occur from these processes of food.   As GMOs and food are advancing, laws and regulations are soon to follow. Just as we’ve seen with tobacco products getting banned in more and more places, new laws and regulations are slowly occuring among vapor products. This is also similar to texting laws within the US, it has become recent within the last decade that new laws are emerging for regulating texting while driving and other distractions provided with cellular use. GMOs are also taking this route with labeling. Though GMOs have no definitive negative effects, consumers are becoming more and more aware of their products, …