GMOs and Labeling Analytical Essay by Nicky

GMOs and Labeling
This paper discusses whether labeling should be required for genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
# 147191 | 1,449 words | 4 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Feb 28, 2011 in Biology (Genetics) , Nutrition (Food) , Medical and Health (General) , Hot Topics (General)


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Description:

In this article, the writer discusses that the debate over genetically modified foods continues to plague producers and consumers alike. The writer explains that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are foods that have been modified through bioengineering to possess certain characteristics. The writer points out that the debate continues to rage as to whether these genetically altered foodstuffs are the answer to hunger in the coming years, or whether we are simply children playing with something that we do not have the capacity to understand. One of the biggest debates in the GMO issue is whether producers need to use labeling of foods that contain GMOs, or whether they should be treated as any other natural food source. The writer supports the position that current regulatory practices concerning GMO crops are inadequate and that stricter labeling laws for GMOs needs to be enforced.

Outline:
Safety Concerns and GMOs
Support for Labeling Laws

From the Paper:

"It is difficult to make a blanket statement as to whether GMO foods are safe or not. Every food must be assessed on a case-by-case basis. In addition, the risks associated with outcrossing must also be assessed according to the crop and according to specific site conditions. One of the key difficulties in assessing the dangers of GMOs is that it is difficult to trace them in the general human population. It is difficult to determine if GMOs are causing disease in the general population, as many people have no ideas as to whether they re consuming GMOs or not. When one goes to the grocery store, one cannot clearly identify GMOS. The GMO head of cauliflower looks identical to the conventional head of cauliflower. Sales are an indicator of levels of consumption, but there is no way to track GMO consumption in the individual. Therefore, the only evidence that is being used to assess the safety of certain GMO foods are the short-term studies conducted in connection with a potential GMO food's introduction into the market."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • NG, J. (2008). UK experts urge RP consumers to push for GMO labeling. Checkbiotech. October 17, 2008. Retrieved March 25, 2009 from http://greenbio.checkbiotech.org/news/uk_experts_urge_rp_consumers_push_gmo_labeli ng
  • Raab, C. & Grobe, D. (2003). Labeling Genetically Engineered Food: The Consumer's Right to Know? AgBioForum. 6 (4): 155-161. Retrieved March 25, 2009 from http://www.agbioforum.missouri.edu/v6n4/v6n4a02-raab.pdf
  • Whitman, D. (2000). Genetically Modified Foods: Harmful or Helpful. Retrieved March 24, 2009 from http://www.csa.com/discoveryguides/gmfood/overview.php.
  • World Health Organization (WHO) (2009). 20 Questions on genetically modified foods. Retrieved March 24, 2009 from http://www.who.int/foodsafety/publications/biotech/20questions/en/.

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