Is genetic engineering of food safe? A brief look at this debate

 

Genetically modified foods has, over a period of years, slipped into societies around the world, virtually unnoticed. Now it is the common practice in agriculture, in some cases even being forced upon farmers in developing countries, who are now unable to buy anything but genetically engineered seed.

Here in the United States, the foods we buy in the grocery store commonly contain genetically engineered ingredients, with the consumer none the wiser. There are currently no laws in place in the U.S. requiring foods that are a product of genetic engineering process be labeled as such. In short, it's impossible to know what you're buying to eat.

Before the genetic engineering of food products took hold, we knew that a tomato was a tomato and an ear of corn was just as nature made it. Today, almost 40% of the corn we buy is a product of genetic modification. Approximately 75% of processed foods, such as soda, ketchup, crackers and ready made meals in the freezer aisle, contain ingredients which have been genetically modified.

So what's involved in the genetic engineering process?
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