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Should genetically modified foods be labeled?

Background and context

Genetically modified foods have been a concern for many people around the world. The main argument is that they are a risk to human health, do to unforeseen effects of genetic modification. The general idea behind labeling of genetically modified foods is that it makes consumers aware of which foods are genetically modified and which ones are not, so that if they object on a personal level, that they can avoid consuming them.

Risks: Are GM foods a health risk?

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  • Labeling helps inform consumers of potential risks of GM foods. There are certain risks surrounding the consumption of genetically modified foods. These generally surround the use of various bacterias in the construction of new strains of foods, which if consumed, and potentially have harmful effects on humans. Labels help inform consumers that a particular product has such modifications and caries such health risks, so that if they are strongly concerned about GM foods, they can be sure that they are eating 100% natural foods.



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Risks: Are genetically modified crops an environment hazard?

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