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The Increase of Genetically Modified Foods (GMO)

             One day a mother who recently moved to the United States with her family went grocery shopping for the first time in an American Super Market. She is someone that puts consideration into her family's daily diet. Much to her surprise there were no labels on her food regarding whether they were genetically modified or not. Now the reason why the mother was so shocked to see no labels was because in 1997 The European Union enforced mandatory labeling on all food products. She could not believe that as a consumer in the US, she was not rightfully informed in order to make decisions about her food. Earlier this year in February, investment watch blog quoted Democrat Representative Peter DeFazio stating "we cannot continue to keep Americans in the dark about the food they eat." According to Food Safety News, "more than sixty other countries make it easy for consumers to choose. Why should the U.S. be any different?" The non-regulation of the labeling of foods causes dishonesty, confusion, uninformed decisions, as well as potential health risks. In the process of trying to understand the effects of genetically modified foods, people should be made aware and informed of what type of ingredients are in their food in order to make informed decisions about their daily diet. In order to further explore the risks involved in not providing accurate information on dietary products, I am going to point out why there is under-regulation and then we will establish what those risks can lead to. Finally, we will discuss the solutions and how they will be beneficial.
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             According to the New York Times, in 1994, the FDA approved Flavr Savr tomatoes to be placed on grocery store shelves. These were special tomatoes that have a longer shelf life by having the ripening process delayed. These tomatoes were genetically modified in order to alter their natural course of life by inhibiting a gene which produces a protein to cause tomatoes to become soft.

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