GMO's Genetically eng. organism (bio engineered foods) & Food Labeling

@sharone74 (4839)
United States
December 3, 2010 4:11am CST
Manipulating and selectively breeding plants for specific desirable charachteristics is nothing new, for well over 150 years this has been the way that people have genetically modified fruits and vegetables. Since the early 1990's science has taken bio engineering to a whole 'nother level. They take genetic code from virus' and bacteria like botulism and e-coli. I don't know about you but the thought of consuming these bioengeneered food products does not sit well with me. Especially when the companies responsible for putting these foods on our grocery shelves have fought seven ways to Sunday to keep from having to put that they contain bio-engineered crops. They say that it is because it will lead to prefferential shopping and could unduly prejudice consumers against buying their products. The real reason is accountability. When people have reactions, illness, or death as a result of consuming the GMO products, they don't want people to be able to look at the label of whatever made them sick and hold the manufacturer liable for their ills. That doesn't sit well with me either. If there is nothing wrong with GMO crops then why hide them? What do you think of these Genetically Altered food products? Are you Bio-Engineering yay, or like me saying "whoa hold up, wait a minute, is it safe? is it better than the natural equivalent? Do you think that they should label foods that do contain GMO's? Finally do you worry that GMO's may not be healthy or good for people, for your children, to eat?
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
3 Dec 10
Funny you should mention this. I was just looking at frankenseeds the other day. Seeds that are genetically altered/engineered. I do not like what they are trying to do to our food. I realize everything causes cancer, but this I dont understand. We already have perfectly good food if it is grown right. No, I am with you on this one. I dont care of a company wants to sell the crap but it should be labeled pretty obviously. If McDonalds has to label fries that we all know are not healthy, then these companies should label every single chemical....
@sharone74 (4839)
• United States
7 Dec 10
You see thing is that bio engineered foods are considered natural products because there are no chemicals used in the re engineering process. Just bacteria like ecoli and botulism (neither of which I want in my food)They even have a type of soybean or corn that they have used fish genes to make them more tolerant to cold weather. With the state of the world and all of the pollution and toxins that we take in every day it is a wonder that humans have not extincted themselves by now
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
7 Dec 10
Good point. I prefer food I have grown myself!