Tuesday, December 10, 2013

GMO Infographic - Guest Post from Sandra Mills

GMO's - Are They Good or Bad?
     The genetic modification of foods began in the 1990's. Since then, many Americans have been concerned about what is going into the ordinary foods we eat every day. When we think about genetically modified food we envision a science lab where a mouse has a human ear growing on its back, or the old movies of Jekyll and Hyde. It's more than a little daunting to think that the “healthy” carrot we are munching on could actually be implanted with the DNA of corn -- or
worse, something ultimately harmful to the human body. Almost 85% of the foods we eat are genetically modified in some way, so this issue is not going way anytime soon. The debate rages, and since genetic modification hasn't been around long enough, it is hard to say what the long-term effects will be.
     Genetically modified foods are purported to be stronger, since they are developed to be pesticide tolerant. Industrial scientists tell us that genetic modification is not only desirable, but it's necessary, to keep up with the high food production necessary for American consumers. But is it? Is there a link between the amount of genetic modification of foods and the great number of Americans who have food allergies? Could genetic modification be causing cancer and other diseases? Check out this infographic from Carrington College and decide for yourself.

Written by Sandra Mills

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