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My view on labeling GMO’s

In # 5: Labeling GMOs, Assigned Posts by ChunLeave a Comment

what is genetic modifying? In fact it is the process of natural selection to preserve and enlarge the part that in a favorable survival in the random nature genetic variation. We all know that GMO’s have both plenty of advantages and controversy. It can resist of the diseases and pests, so many farmer introduced the modified genetic crops to enlarge the yield and make more money. The crops for instance the soy were used to make oil, so should we label that it is the GMO’s? In my point of view, The GMO should not be labeled. In human knowledge about genetic information is including Mendel’s pea hybridization and Longping Yan’s super rice which is the mostly known modified crops to Chinese that ultimately produce high yields of grain and largely solve the food problems. It has lots of advantages but there are still thousand of people against that. The label may mislead the consumers due to the less knowledge about the GMO, so it may damage not only the profit of the company but also the  consumers’ right. Also, …

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GMO labeling is unnecessary

In # 5: Labeling GMOs by MadelineLeave a Comment

I don’t think labeling GM foods should be required. There are so many types of genetically modified foods and it would be extremely difficult to decide what is and is not considered a GMO. For instance, in class we briefly talked about GM corn and the corn oil that comes from that corn. The part of the corn that is genetically modified does not show up in the oil. So does this mean if a food product contains the corn oil it must be labeled as containing GMOs? If it were to be a food requirement there would be a lot of nitpicking happening over every single ingredient. It would be a waste of time that could be spent elsewhere. If GMO labeling is required, I think it will scare customers because the average person doesn’t fully know what that label means. It sounds like a scary thing that someone wouldn’t want to put in his or her body. It’s misleading to the customer because GMOs are not necessarily bad. Certain GM foods may be worse than others, but generally …

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Should the GMOs be labeled?

In # 5: Labeling GMOs by QiyueLeave a Comment

 GMOs are plants or animals are created by changing their genes. Through modifying the genes to recombine DNA, the genetic engineering can choose the traits that the plant or animals have, which are good for anti-insect or grow fast. American is the biggest place of manufacturing GMOs food and they are everywhere so there is not any way that we can total avoid  GMOs food. In the supermarket, the most common GMOs food that people would buy is soy.  Not only soy is very common, but also soy can be made or added to many products. For example, soy sauce, which are Chinese favorite sauce, soy flour,  and protein power and so on. The second common GMOs food is corn. Corn can be used to fuel, to eat, and to feed. Corn products are everywhere—we can find it in oil, flour, or sweeteners. Besides, cotton, canola, and dairy are very common GMOs food. Genetic engineerings produce GMOs plants or animals because they have many advantages that the natural plants or animals are lack of. For example, GM corp yield nine times more than normal corp. It …

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Why Force Companies to Label GMO?

In # 5: Labeling GMOs by RebeccaLeave a Comment

The issue on whether or not GM foods should be labeled is truly a difficult controversy. For the most part I would consider myself a supporter of GM labeling. In my opinion, there are still some GM foods that I would eat even if they were labeled (ex/ chips, corn, and maybe even some fruits and veggies); the issue for me mainly is I enjoy knowing exactly what I am eating. If there were eel DNA in my salmon I would prefer to know about it. Besides cross breading animals to create genetically modified foods, some foods are modified using chemicals, to make them bigger, stronger, or resistant, that may not be entirely good for your general health. These are the products I would like to know about and stay away from. I don’t necessarily think all genetically modified foods are less healthy, but if you know what you are getting when you buy the product it is also easier to be more health conscious. A small reason behind my support is the leeway our country has on food labeling. …

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Right to Know what’s Right

In # 5: Labeling GMOs by LeoLeave a Comment

Openness and transparency has long been important in the food industry. The novel The Jungle by Upton Sinclair in 1906 was one of the first insights into the food industry from an outside point of view. People read this novel and were disgusted by the practices going on. Since then, people have been adamant about knowing what exactly is in their food. And people should be allowed to know what is in their food. If there are certain ingredients in a product that people deem to be unsafe for them, people have a right to not buy that product. In a way, this industry can be self-regulating. While the FDA is an important entity that makes sure companies are following set rules, the industry itself will go wherever the money is. This means that if the people demand that a certain ingredient be absent in products, the industry will remove that product in order to keep customers. An example of this is when Subway had to remove a certain ingredient from its bread because people decided that since this ingredient …

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Consumer Rights with GMO Labeling

In # 5: Labeling GMOs by CourtneyLeave a Comment

There are many studies showing that genetically modified organisms (GMO’s)  have found to be safe for consumption by people. In fact, in many cases, there are benefits for farmers to be able to produce better crops in the long term. However, this has consumers asking, “but what’s in it for me?” GMO’s have been a huge topic of discussion, almost since their first appearance in products. What people do not realize, is that things like genetically modified corn have been around for years and years now. The battle has more so become, not between the safety of consuming of GMO’s, but on scare tactics. The organic food industry tries to shame and scare people about GMO’s and being uneducated as consumers about the topic, it has begun working. If the food industry found that GMO’s are unsafe for human consumption, those safety concerns would have prompted the Food and Drug Administration to require labeling requirements. That is not the case though, so why is there such a large push for genetically-modified (GM) foods to be required to have labels? A …

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Labeling GMOs for the consumers

In # 5: Labeling GMOs by AndiLeave a Comment

I think that it would be a good idea to add the labeling to the GMOs because then everyone would understand not complain about them not telling them what is in the food. People also need to take into consideration that this isn’t a new process. We have been adding GMOs for the last 20 years and not longer. Also everything that you buy in the store is regulated by the FDA so they aren’t going to let you eat something that is unsafe. The Consumers should have a choice if they want to eat GMOs of not. There is a problem when labeling the GMOs if you would put a label on the product there would just lead to more misconception then there already is about them. They would go and look up everything and not understand why it is in the process to make the Genetically modified foods. People’s man misconception is if they are safe or not. They are safe because more than 70 percent of your food contains GMOs in them (The Editors). A lot of the core elements …

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To Label or Not to Label

In # 5: Labeling GMOs by LaurenLeave a Comment

GMO labeling is an issue that I am very indifferent about. While I believe it is important for consumers to know what is in their food, I also know that GM foods are not something consumers need to be concerned with so I don’t see the importance of clarifying that a food is GM or not. Research has been done over and over again and the results are always the same, GMOs are not harmful to human health. I think what the new labeling requirements will do is create better transparency between agriculturalists and consumers. However, one of the major criticisms of this law is that the label will not actually be a label. It will be a code that shoppers can scan in the store and see how their food was grown. This means that those without the capability to scan with a smart phone, will not be able to determine how their food was made. Meaning that the argument could be made that lower class individuals are being kept out of the mix and they’re just out of …

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Mandatory GMO Labeling

In # 5: Labeling GMOs by KelseyLeave a Comment

I think that the labeling of GMOs should not be mandatory. Since there have been no credible studies published that show that they are in any ways harmful, why waste the time labeling them? Mandatory labeling needs to be required for listing items that provide significant product information, such as possible allergens and nutritional information, and not for items that are scientifically proven to be safe. Over 2000 studies have been published that have shown how biotechnology does not pose a threat to the health and well being of the people who consume genetically modified organisms. I understand that people would like to know what is in their foods, but maybe if they were more educated about GMOs, they wouldn’t care as much if GMOs are present in the foods that they eat on a regular basis. People always talk about having “the right to know” what is in their foods, but I think that they also have the right to choose other products that are not genetically modified, such as organic foods. Also, food labels are meant to give …

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Why GMO Labelings

In # 5: Labeling GMOs, Leftovers by KhalifaLeave a Comment

After years of debating Congress has passed a law that makes it mandatory to inform consumers about genetically modified organism in their products. A genetically modified organism or GMO is a plant or meat product that has its DNA artificially altered in a laboratory by genes from other plants, animals, viruses, or bacteria, in order to produce foreign compounds in the food(labelgmos.org). Over the years many consumers have been trying to avoid them. One of the reasons the law passed was because genetically modified foods pose a risk to the health of others and the environment around us. Also it is not right, consumers should be allowed to know what they are purchasing and putting into their bodies. I agree with the companies who go for mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. I agree because it is not right for these companies to hide certain information from us, the consumers. We should be allowed to know how their products are made and the process they go through because in the end, they need the consumers to purchase their products. If …

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To Label or Not to Label

In # 5: Labeling GMOs by PhillipLeave a Comment

The debate over GMO labeling has been an ongoing issue within the United States. As our current laws state, GMO labeling is voluntary. This is something that is likely to change however due to the recent laws that are trying to be passed. The whole idea of labeling a genetically modified product scares some people. There are certain consumers who simply do not want to know what exactly they are eating. There are also consumers who have the direct opposite opinion. These consumers are wanting to know every single thing they are eating. Some people do not want to come to terms with that fact that some of their food has been genetically modified. This labeling debate has really divided consumers into two sections.   I personally fall into the category of being okay with not having all my food products labeled as being genetically modified. I think there are definitely quite a few concerns with the whole labeling process. There could be a whole new cost that is being put onto consumers. Labeling all these products will cost money. …

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Should we Label GM Foods?

In # 5: Labeling GMOs by ShaneLeave a Comment

The food industry has been genetically modifying foods for as long as we know. Scientist have been breeding plants with the most desirable traits making it possible to feed the entire country. Today, based on Scientific American, around 70 percent of processed foods contain GM ingredients (Editors, 2013). These GM ingredients are used to help protect plants from drought and other harmful events. Without this genetic modifications, it would be extremely more difficult to feed our country today. Having GMO food products is very important and I’m against for mandatory labeling for GM foods. One reason that I’m against GM foods labeling is that it would eventually limit consumer options. Consumers would see GMO labels and avoid these products due to the general public not fully understanding what GM products are and how they are completely safe to eat. This would make companies have GM-free products resulting in GM food products being nonexistent in stores. Not only would GM foods be eradicated from stores, The prices of foods would increase as well. The increase of food prices is due to farmers …

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Why I Against Labeling GM Foods

In # 5: Labeling GMOs by ZixiangLeave a Comment

Nowadays, genetically modified organisms are everywhere in the market. From crops to animals, from homogeneous to heterogeneous, they are used all over the world, and they are affecting our daily lives more and more extremely than ever before. Therefore, consumers, government, manufacturers, and food scientists are paying highly attention to it, due to its significance, labeling GM products or not becomes a hot topic, and is still controverting up to now. From my own perspective, it is not so necessary to label GM products at this time. It is known to us all, that GMOs are made by using molecular technology to recombinant DNA of those particular organisms for different propose, in most cases are to generate specific characters, and then use them to produce desired products. Moreover, genetically change is not the phenomenon, which can only be processed artificially; however, it can occur naturally in many causes, for example, microorganisms can change their genome by mutations; crops can undergo genetically change after breeding, infection with virus, natural recombination, and so on. In addition, there are many other evidences that …

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No more pointless labels

In # 5: Labeling GMOs by LukeLeave a Comment

In the food industry, there is already plenty of regulations that all companies must follow. However, until recently labeling GM, genetically modified, food was not mandatory but a recently passed law makes it that food that contains GM ingredients must be labeled as so. This is something that the government should not have needed to do but outside demand forced it to. Technically, GM’s have been around for thousands of years. By this, I mean the difference between GM foods such as corn that has its genome changed artificially to have natural pesticides versus a type of corn that grew quickly that was crossed with a different strand of corn that was naturally more resistant to pests. Selectively breeding has been around since before humans could write but it is still changing the genetic makeup of the corn. Taking DNA from a completely different type of organism is not even remotely similar to selectively breeding similar strands of corn together but is essentially the same process. Just because the food is changed doesn’t mean it is more dangerous to consume …

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Is it Too Early in the Relationship to Put a Label on it?

In # 5: Labeling GMOs by Jenna1 Comment

In 1960 President Kennedy introduced the Consumer Bill of Rights. He stated the rights consumers should have in the marketplace, one of them being “the right to be informed”. Under this right is the protection against fraudulent and misleading information, and to be given facts in order to make informed choices. In today’s market, the recent labels for food products has grown in diversity, and on the front of packages there are multiple labels informing the consumer. People have a right to know what is in their food, and the ever growing food labels should include GMOs. A 2015 Poll conducted by ABC news showed 93 percent of Americans agreed that GMOs should be labeled on food products. This is parallel to a 2013 poll done by the New York Times where the same result was found: 93 percent of Americans called for products made with GMOs to require a label. There is a consistent public consensus for GMO labeling on foods, and withholding that information can conduct mistrust between the consumer and the producer. In the Scientific American article, …

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Modern Society Seems to Need a Label on Everything

In # 5: Labeling GMOs by NevadaLeave a Comment

Evolution is defined by the dictionary as the change in the gene pool of a population from generation to generation by such processes as mutation, natural selection, and genetic drift. Evolution has been occurring in nature since the beginning of time. Humans have been managing the genetics of plants through selective breeding for hundreds of years to obtain ideal plants.   Human intervention in recent years has allowed producers to create ideal plants faster through the use of biotechnology. Biotechnology allows us to select the genes that already exist in another plant or animal to be put in the animal or plant of choice. This intervention is called genetic modification. Genetic modification is referred to evolution in nature and takes much longer to achieve than it takes with biotechnology. All genetically modified organisms are tested through many scientific processes and reviewed by organizations such as the FDA, USDA, and EPA – all companies that funded by the government to keep people, animals, and the environment safe. Thus, I don’t believe that products that contain GM material need to be labeled. …

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Not Ready For GMO Labeling

In # 5: Labeling GMOs by AshleyLeave a Comment

Labeling of Genetically Modified foods seems unnecessary, excessive, and harmful. It is unnecessary because products not containing GMOs can be identified. It seems excessive because a majority of products contain genetically modified organisms. It is harmful because undereducated consumers will make choices harmful to the food industry and farmers. There should not be required genetically modified labeling. Some consumers choose not to consume genetically modified organisms. That is a choice and they have the right to do it. They also have the resources to do it. There are labels for non-GMO products. They are either certified organic labels or non-GMO labels. There is no need to label GMO products for those who choose not to eat them because they have non-GMO labeling. Labeling for GMOs is excessive. The Center For Food Safety estimates that 75% of processed foods on the shelf in supermarkets contain genetically engineered ingredients. This means that a majority of food companies would need to spend the money to revise their packaging. The FDA would need to hire more people to ensure the labeling is done properly …

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Labeling GMOs

In # 5: Labeling GMOs by IrwinLeave a Comment

President Barack Obama has signed the Safety and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, which creates a federal standard for labeling foods with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) ingredients. Over the years, production of GMO crops have been steadily increasing. Of course, this is without the opposition of people suggesting that GMO ingredients are untested or unsafe. The Act that was just signed will require additional labeling by companies who uses GMO ingredients in their product to show as such. This author holds an opinion that there should be mandatory labeling for GM foods, but adequate objective scientific research should be presented to the public for them to have more knowledge on the advantages of GMO over non-GMO crops and its safety. GMOs could be considered unnatural due to the fact that they are artificially engineered, instead of occurring naturally. Thus, this alone is a very strong reason why GMO containing products should be labelled. Even though this will increase the product costs, it is important for the public to know if their food contains GMOs. It is not a matter …

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