It’s Our Right To Know!

In the United States today, nearly 85% of corn, 91% of soybean, 88% of cotton, and 70% of processed foods contain GMOs.

GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are genetically altered organisms that can cause numerous negative effects on the lives of humans; laws need to be passed in the U.S. banning them.

Supporters of GMOs argue that they can solve the world hunger crisis by creating these crops (which can grow in less ideal climates),and that there is no evidence stating GMOs are bad for human health. In actuality, there is scientific evidence based on animal studies showing that GMOs are responsible for causing organ damage, autism, immune system problems and reproduction issues. More and more doctors are finding themselves proscribing GMO-free diets as a result of these negative effects.

Many countries, including Peru, France, Japan, Russia and Switzerland have banned GMOs. Even those countries who have not banned GMOs, have restrictions such as labeling foods containing GMOs; these countries include countries, Australia, China, Saudi Arabia, and Chile.

The United States has yet to pass laws banning or restricting GMOs. The Non GMO Project says, “In the U.S., the government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale.”

Some scientists believe that since the effects of eating GMOs are not fully understood, new diseases are possibly developing without their knowledge. They may not be discovered until it is too late.

The amount of genetically modified foods in the United States as of today is sickening. GMOs affect people every day. Most people are unaware of what GMOs even are, let alone that they are consuming them. As free people, we have a right to know what is being put into our food. With the lack of GMO labeling, we are being denied that right. As citizens of the United States of America and of Hopatcong, we have a voice and a responsibility. During this critical stage in our lives, we need to be putting healthy foods into our bodies, not genetically modified ones.  We, the students of Hopatcong High School, are human beings, not science experiments.

 

1 comment for “It’s Our Right To Know!

  1. A. R. Kennedy
    March 5, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I think this article was very well written, I was surprised when I reached the end of the article and found out it was written by someone still in high school, I thought it was written by someone much older and/or a professional journalist. I’ve done quite a bit of research on GMOs myself and I agree with what you’re saying. GMOs are not safe and they should be banned or at the very least they should be labeled so we know what products have them and which ones don’t so we can make informed decisions about what we eat.

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