It is estimated that as much as 60-70% of packaged foods already contain ingredients from genetically modified crops or organisms. That means it is in grocery items ranging from canned soup to breakfast cereal. And no one has been reported to die from eating it. .
Just about every grain, legume, vegetable and fruit have already been genetically altered in the laboratories, along with many organisms that are used either directly as food, or in production. Just a few examples of genetically modified crops are: Maize, potatoes, soybean, yeasts, herbicide and pesticide resistant crops and modified food additives and enzymes. Even though the effects of genetically modified food will have both positive and negative impacts on the human population, they will impact every person differently.
For several thousand years, farmers have been altering the genetic makeup of the crops they have been growing by crossbreeding. They have made plants grow faster, hardier, produce larger seeds, or give them some other desired quality. In the last 20 years, with new technology, researchers have been given the ability to remove specific genes from one species and add them to another, making this process far more precise and selective