Honors English 10B
Evans Period 1
11 March 2013
Controversial Issues – Genetically Modified Foods
Genetically modifying foods might seem very unorthodox with the changing of traits and genes within the foods, but genetically modifying foods does not hurt the consumer in any way. Earlier in the 1990’s, genetically modified foods were announced by the Food and Drug Administration to not be “inherently dangerous”. However, when a type of transgenic corn was pulled from the market when it was mistakenly entered into the open food supply in 2000 that was not fit for human consumption, it led to growing concerns of the safety of consuming genetically modified foods. These foods are not only safe, but transformative. Agricultural biotechnology has lessened the amount of chemical pesticides and herbicides used in these foods. This science has been making important contributions to the relief of world hunger, genetically modified foods are obviously safe to consume. Genetically modified foods are definitely safe and nutritious because if the consumption of genetically modified foods posed a health threat, we would have known it by now. The biotechnology within the foods has made it possible to have a safe consumption. Genetically modified foods have never been proven to be harmful to humans. “Genetically modified (GM) food has become so common in the U.S. that most people do not even know when they are consuming it” (“Update: Genetically Modified Food”, 2008). If the foods were harmful, people would be getting sick all the time since most of the time we don’t even know that we are consuming it. “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared that GM foods were not ‘inherently dangerous’” (ProQuest Staff, “At Issue: Genetically Modified Foods”, 2013). The FDA is a huge association that regulates the purity and safety of foods, drugs, and cosmetics. If they say that the GM foods are safe, then they are definitely safe. Genetically modified foods are safe for...