- The Next Great GMO Debate: Deep inside its labs, Monsanto is learning how to modify crops by spraying them with RNA rather than tinkering with their genes
“It might be the case that in some more perfect world, with different biotech companies using different practices, different GMOs, and different farmers, the problems I have talked about here would not have occurred. Perhaps, then, there is nothing wrong with GMO technology itself, only GMO practices. But so what? We do not live in that more perfect world.”
uwogisele wrote:I think I would be in the group that want mandatory labeling on food so that people know what they are eating. But the question is, how many people are financially capable of avoiding GMO food? Because the article states that "According to the FDA, in 2012, approximately 88 percent of corn, 93 percent of soybeans, and 94 percent of cotton produced in the United States was genetically modified. This suggests that unless you’ve made a special effort to avoid eating GMOs, you have almost certainly eaten them".
So what I know that there is a problem, what if there is no way I can avoid it? If most corn, soybeans, and cotton is GM, not everyone will be able to avoid it. And another reason why I think it's important to label the food is, when people don't see any label they assume it's probably safe to eat.
But I understand why companies don't want to write GMO on their food, because it would make their sales go down. Because the reason why they are genetically modifying organisms is for faster produce of food.
eridolfi wrote:I find it kind of frightening how much influence labels have over what we buy. Does anyone else find this creepy?
jjquintanilla wrote:I find that this is an interesting topic. Despite the position of many anti-GMOs, I define myself as a supporter of GMOs. I feel that there is enough scientific data to show and demonstrate to the public that such method of crop production is not detrimental to humans. Further more, outside the domain of agriculture, the article mentioned that GMOs have been a part of the medical field and so I feel that they further enhance the life of humans. Also, the question of the "values" as mentioned in the article with regards the practice of science is an important thing to consider. However, despite this article said that it would be considered unscientific to label foods as GMOs, I find it to be informative to people because they deserve to know what they are consuming.
ktoporovskaya wrote:I would have to agree with the posts above. Labeling foods gives a negative stigma to the product. We label things like cigarettes and toxins that might be found in things we consume, GMO is likely to fall into that category in consumer's eyes. This would be a terrible outcome because we depend on GMO's to produce large quantities of food to sustain us.
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