INTRO: Hello there. So who here eats every day? Who here is aware of what they are putting into their body? I mean you’re about to eat a carrot, so you would hope that it is truly a carrot and that their healthy, right? Well this presentation is here to inform you, that we don’t know as much as we should and but there is a way to change that!
Does anyone know what GENETICALLY ENGINEERED ORGANISMS are? Well let’s breaks it down. (breakdown each word and form one definition) In conclusion, this is not a natural process.
Why do they make GMO’S? GMO’s are created to elongate a products shelf life, increase production and to make a product that is immune or less likely to get diseased.
CARROT PROJECT: Before I get to the main argument here, I want you guys to try these 2 different carrots. Do they taste different? How so? Can you assume which is a GMO or Organic?
Difference in taste:
ORGANIC: I found this carrot to be more bland in taste. It has a tint of sweet but not too much. Not very moist. Crunchy and
GMO: not as crunchy. Very moist and juicy. The juice is very sweet and the surface of the carrot has a chemical taste (to me)
FACTS: Baby Carrots were genetically modified to produce high sugar content. Baby carrots are from carrots that are not fully grown and are not able to produce its own sugars. Baby carrots are actually soaked in water with chlorine which helps preserve the carrot.
WHATS THE POINT? GMO’s cause nutrients in produce to diminish. You can even taste the chlorine on the GE carrot! (process includes soaking them in water and chlorine) Baby carrots are mixture of under grown and/or deformed carrots that haven’t fully formed the nutritious value they are known for. THIS CANT BE GOOD FOR YOU!
Why? (health)(environment)(consumer choice)- in all GE foods, there are resistant chemicals put into them to make them resistant to the disease outbreaks that occur! Believe it or not, this is actually causing us to become immune to our own antibiotics. If you think about it, the chemical is an antibiotic for the product, so as we eat more, we are consuming more and more “produce medicine” which makes our bodies used to hard chemicals and medicine, making our bodies unresponsive to our own antibiotics. We tend need higher doses.
In another study, it is found that these GMO’s can enhance allergies. I regularly have allergies and have to take a Zirtec every day in order to control them. How am I supposed to know if what I am eating (GMO vs. ORGANIC) is causing my allergies. I DON’T.
Labeling these foods would enable awareness throughout the country. Individuals should at least have the right to decide whether they will eat a GMO or choose something of better health. At the moment, we don’t even have that choice. We are ignorant to the ingredients being placed in our foods and our rights are not being fully exercised without these labels. It is just another way government and large companies to control citizens and their success as a company. As more people become aware of the issue, they begin to live in fear of the things that they eat daily. How are we supposed to know what companies to trust if we are not even being told the total truth of what we are eating? Labels could potentially lead to more and more companies going the organic route and ban GMO’s all-together. This, as stated before, could potentially lower company competition and keep prices at a constant variable. In addition, GMO’s also enable health risks and environmental damage. Due to the disadvantages to the consumer, it is only prudent to at least label all GMO’s. So JUST LABEL IT!
Conclusion: This brings me to the argument of whether all GM foods should be labeled or not. Based on many studies, I am pro-labeling in the hope that this eventually leads to very little GM products and/or very strict policies on GE foods.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHrqRRDY2HU (youtube video) (IF THERE IS TIME)