By WRV junior Christiane Davis
What is a GMO?
GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism, and they are created when the genome of a certain plant is altered. Many people are afraid of consuming foods that contain GMOs for fear of health problems, but they are actually harmless.
What will happen if I eat food with GMOs in it?
A food that contains GMOs does not mean it has extra chemicals, pesticides, or a higher chance of passing on diseases. All it means is that one of the ingredients needed to be modified in order to obtain the best traits possible. GMOs will not harm you if you consume them, so there is no reason to be afraid of them.
Why the big scare?
Most people have fear of the unknown, and GMOs definitely fit under that category. The average person most likely doesn’t know the first thing about GMOs, and while GMOs do not occur naturally, they are still safe to eat. Seeing a label that says, “No GMOs” probably causes consumers to assume that GMOs are bad, when in reality they are very necessary in the food industry.
WE NEED PROOF!
In the early 2000s, Golden Rice became a genetically modified crop that was one of many to help with world hunger. In contrast with its counterpart, white rice, it had been modified to contain beta-carotene, which is converted to Vitamin A by the human body. This new addition to white rice gave women and children in poverty a way to reinforce their immune systems and fight disease, and it has helped in newly developing countries to prevent nutrient deficiencies.
Christiane Davis is a junior at White River Valley High School enrolled in Introduction to Culinary and Hospitality a Family and Consumer Science course. Christiane loves running, and she participates in cross country and track. At school, she is the district 7 president and chapter president of FCCLA. Christiane is also a part of FFA, National Honors Society, FCA, and TLC. She loves spending time with my family and friends and listening to music in her free time.