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       The world revolves around food. Without it, animals and humans alike would not be able to survive without the both natural and unnatural resources provided by the land and people. As companies try to keep up with the high demands of products, people want foods that are bigger, better, and taste delicious. And with this comes genetically modified organisms, more commonly known as GMOs. These items are altered in labs with genetic engineering; some injected with other DNA to make them taste a certain way or look better.

       Tomatoes, for example, have been rumored to be injected with fish DNA, to make the fruits look brighter in color and taste more rich. Of course, these tomatoes do not have a fishy taste, but certain DNA can change appearance, size, and flavor of foods, especially produce. With fruits and vegetables, shoppers look for the biggest, brightest, and cleanest looking products, and GMOs tend to fit this criteria.

      GMOs are everywhere. Many foods we eat and enjoy are modified for our picky palettes. Along with GMOs comes processed food, a phenomenon which has taken over America, and even third world countries. There are many individuals that are not only against packaged, “fake” foods and snacks, but also saying no to anything made in a lab. These food items aren’t real or natural, and are only made because of high demand for juicier apples and plumper peaches.

    Though many of these foods are laced with other DNA and genes, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are unhealthy. We have been eating GMOs for many years with near to no issues or side effects that have been reported. So why are people still afraid of these lab- made foods? There are many reasons. Not only could someone want more organic, natural options at their favorite stores, but unknown allergies or reactions to certain DNA in people could leave to further problems. GMOs, though deemed as safe, are everywhere; some big brands may not even tell us if their products have been changed.

    GMOs or any form of alteration process within food products will, in my opinion, continue on for the years to come. Though organic and natural foods have taken their popularity around the world, items that look fresh and appealing will always be popular. But in the end, it doesn’t matter what you’re eating, but what’s eating you.

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