More fruits and vegetables are available to us today than at any other time in history, but they don’t have the same nutritional content that they did 60 years ago according to studies done in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. Farmers are making crops grow bigger and faster which sacrifices the amount of nutrients the plants are able to absorb. Since 1950, carrots have lost 24% less iron, eggplant lost 44% of ascorbic acid, Broccoli lost 37% of its calcium and winter squash lost 52% of its riboflavin. This is something that I found very interesting. However, with all the genetically modified foods out there, it’s probably easy for farmers to put genes from other foods into vegetables to make them hold their nutrients.
Genetically modified foods entered the the food supply in the 1990’s which quickly created many different problems for Americans as well as others in different countries. Genetically modified foods, or GMOs, were originally designed for the purpose of enhancing or improving an organism’s natural trait. For instance, consumers could buy strawberries that were larger, sweeter and redder but secretly contained toxins unknown to buyers. Fortunately, many countries have realized the danger of these modified foods and now put labels on their GMO products. However, the United States, as well as some other countries, still does not require labeling which is a huge problem because the U.S is by far the largest producer of GM crops. What many people do not know about genetically modified foods is that in order to make them, scientists have to combine genes from different organisms, which isn’t necessarily natural, healthy or safe.
GM foods can cause many health risks. They can cause many health problems because they have many different chemicals, which enter human beings’ bodies and most people are unaware of these chemicals. However, many would agree that genetically modified foods are acceptable to produce because it generates more money for businesses, it allows more foods to be available, it keeps diseases and insects away from crops and it keeps products from expiring in a shorter period of time. What people don’t understand is that these foods must be avoided because they cause harm to individuals’ health and to the environment by spreading toxic fertilizers and sprays over farms and injecting poisons into human’s bodies. To resolve this problem, all foods that are genetically modified in every country should be labeled to inform the consumers.
Today, the world is full of serious illness and disease. The world doesn’t need any extra problems by putting harmful toxins into our food supply. Allergies are increasing throughout the world. Most people are unaware of what they are putting into their own or their children’s bodies. This world is turning into a place where people no longer know if what they are consuming is healthy or safe to be eating. Biotechnology companies are using a pesticide called Bacillus thuringiensis. In many studies and research, this pesticide is causing many problems to humans and the environment. When natural Bt was sprayed over areas around Washington State to fight gypsy moths, about 500 people reported problems which were mostly allergy reactions. This goes to show that many big businesses don’t necessarily care for the people that they are harming.
The outcome of this type of research is affecting the way people react to different products. A lot of the times scientists will inject genes from animals or plants into a product. As a result, this can cause a consumer to have an allergic reaction because they do not always know what their food is injected with. For example, if someone is allergic to peanuts and they eat a genetically modified food, such as a potato, and the potato contains a gene from a peanut than this person could have a reaction. As a result, the person could become ill depending on the severity of the allergy and the person may now also think they are allergic to potatoes. The United States is one of the only countries that do not require mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. Too many businesses are caught up in the greedy money making capitalist society they live in. What most people do not understand is that they are putting dangerous substances into their systems everyday.
Genetically modified foods are causing a great deal of trouble to people all over the world. They should be done away with or at least be labeled in the United States for people’s own safety.