GMO yes or no?

Take on Genetically Modified Food labeling in U.S.

What's a "GMO?"

The term GM foods or GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) is most commonly used to refer to crop plants created for human or animal consumption using the latest molecular biology techniques. These foods have been modified to please the public eye. While also, becoming more resistant to pesticides and diseases. One example may be the trait of B.t. (Bacillus thuringiensis) genes in corn and other crops. This is a naturally occurring bacterium that produces crystal proteins that are lethal to insect larvae. B.t. has been transfered into corn to provide it with a pesticide to draw any intruders away. Which is beneficial to both consumer and product.

Everything is not as it seems.

Genetically modified foods have come into this age with the hopes of becoming a "food superhero." Saving the lives of helpless produce from pests, and diseases. However, is this "Produce Protector" all it has come out to be? Yay or nay? Lets first, before the big decision, look back at this masked marvals history.

Bye Bye Bugs: Crop losses from insect pests can be staggering, resulting in devastating financial loss for farmers. But with this new science, farmers can put down their wallets because payments of pesticides are no more! How you say? By transfering genes from plants that have natural pesticides into crops that do not.

Healthy Livin': These crops now can withstand disease they could not in the past, with the help of science of course!

Picky Purchaser: On the down side, few consumers today believe that GMFs are not worth the time of day, and that they do not stand up to the level of All Natural Foods.

"Super Weeds!": As an effect of the gene transfer, some of the pollen that was meant for certain crops will cross-breed into weeds. Making them herbicide tolerant. Meaning farmers will need A LOT of Weed Out.

Sniffly Buyers: There is a possibility that introducing a gene into a plant may create a new allergen or cause an allergic reaction in susceptible individuals. Which means in a few years, the typical apple or banana may be off the menu for people with a peanut allergy.

Final Verdict?

Genetically Modified Foods definitely have their pros and cons, however, it is a big seller. So the public may not be able to vote on whether we should have it or not. But we do have a say in labeling. So, do we label all the foods that were tampered with in the science lab? LABEL EVERYTHING! Peope have a right in knowing what they consume, and if there may be a possiblility of health risks or allegic reactions. It really is the United State's public opinion. So, lets give the people the ablility to know what their body takes in! From apples to kiwi, Connecticut to California. We should know.