Disadvantages To Genetically Modified Foods

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A young female student recently asked Sen. Ron Paul, Presidential candidate 2008, what was his stance on genetically modified foods.. His response was: “Big businesses are in the business of promoting genetically engineered foods for their own economic gain without adequate testing, promoting profit over public health concerns” I can’t agree more with the senator on this issue, for it’s due to the hastiness of these companies that Americans are growing increasingly concerned with their own health and safety. I am appalled. I am outraged. How can my government not give me the option of knowing what I’m eating? How can they deceive me like this? I’m getting a little ahead of myself so let me press rewind. "Genetically modified foods" is the term most commonly used to refer to crop plants created for human or animal consumption, which have been modified in the laboratory to enhance desired traits or improved nutritional content. Or at least this is what we are supposed to believe. In fact, this technology has not been proven to enhance nutritional value, nor have any sort of beneficial attributes to speak of. In fact the one thing we can be sure of with genetically modified foods is that the technology has not been tested to most scientific standards before it was released to the public. According to one scientist, “The technique for inserting a DNA fragment from one species to another is sloppy, unpredictable and imprecise.” So, scientists really can’t say with certainty what the long-term risks are. If you genetically alter the plant, do you genetically alter the child who eats it? It may not occur in the first generation, but possibly with the second and third generation and later on in the future. When does the genetically altered food nurture and genetically alter the child? The funding for the research of this technology is mainly paid for by large

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