Genetically Modified Food

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Genetically Modified Food is Not as Good as it Tastes

In the documentary Food Inc., the realizations of what is put into America's food was appalling to hear leading to some unfortunate results. Kevin, a young boy of the age 2 ½ years old, lost his life to Hemorrhagic E. Coli while on vacation in 2001 with his family. "To watch this beautiful child go from being perfectly healthy to dead in 12 days. It was just unbelievable that this could happen from eating food" (Food Inc.). Kevin contracted the disease from the contaminated meat that was traced back to the plant where the meat was produced. The meat was recalled, but unfortunately by that time it was too late, Kevin had lost his life. Not only is genetically modified food unjust for our bodies, it comes down to the question of whether it is ethical or not to alter a species genetically, in this scenario it was the meat.

Genetically modified food can lead to some horrible results, as seen leaving a negative effect on Kevin's family for the rest of their lives. Food derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs), along with the detriments of genetic engineering outweigh the benefits of these modified substances proving to be not so favorable to the human population today.

Genetic engineering, a monumental transformation in the evolution of plants, animals, and other products, has completely altered the intrinsic makeup of the American food basket and what the consumer is purchasing today. According to the FDA, genetically engineered foods are: "foods that are produced from crops whose genetic makeup has been altered through a process called recombinant DNA, or gene splicing, to give the plant desired traits. Genetically engineered foods are also known as biotech, bioengineered, and genetically modified, although...