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Do GMOs have a health risk?

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Answer. Probably Not.

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Origin and Prevalence

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Origin and Prevalence

Prevalence

Currently about 92 percent of corn is genetically modified. 94 percent of soybeans and cotton are genetically modified. The percentage of soybeans are relevant due to the fact that condensed oil is found in supermarket products. That being said, up to 75 percent of processed foods we find at our supermarket shelves are genetically engineered. Why? The preservatives in that food let the food last longer giving the market an opportunity to possess it longer and not having it as waste, eventually making a profit.

Corn, soybeans, and cotton are crops that are mostly used/needed and the vast majority of them are genetically modified. Today, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, India, and the US are currently the five countries that produce 90 percent of the worlds genetically modified crops. Other GMOs that are very commonly used are in the feed of livestock. Again this is due because of corn and soy which is what are mainly present in livestock feed. GMOs are very common in our society. Main reasons of why we don't notice them is because of labeling. The US does not require GMOs to be labeled in our supermarket food.

Issues and Analysis

The overall question here is "do GMO's have a negative impact on a person's health"

Chris Castro

One of the main issues with GMO's is that people are uneducated about them. For example a big argument people have about GMO's is that there hasn't been enough studies on them for us to really know what they do to the human body. However this claim can disproved by the fact that GMO's have been in our food supply for about 40 years know. During this time there has been no increase in any diseases across the US population. Also people don't know that GMO's actually make up about 78% of US foods sold in stores today.

Another issue is that since GMO's are highly resistant to pesticides those pesticides used trickle down into the groundwater and soil and effect the natural environment around them. This argument actually has some merit to it. There have been quite a few studies that show the effects of these pesticides have a negative impact on the surrounding ecosystem that they are used in. However scientists have been working on GMO's that cut out the need for pesticides all together by making the crops distasteful to the pests that eat them. So this pesticide problem may soon be gone.


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