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7% of items in American grocery stores contain genetically modified organisms.
Ingredients that have been scientifically engineered.
In laboratories to enhance certain traits such as insect disease and -- the resistance.
Genetic engineering is a relatively recent technique.
It involves being able to take genetic material from one organism and put it into another when the two would not normally be cross compatible.
-- -- for major genetically modified crops.
Corn soybeans cotton and canola Cornell professor Margaret Smith says this technology is useful.
We're facing increasing stress -- for more erratic weather and new and different tests that movie and so I think in that regard we're going to need every possible tool -- -- yet to help make our crops as productive as they possibly can be.
-- have only been on the market since 1995.
That sparked a national debate over the potential impact they could have on the environment and our health.
Doctor Michael Walsh says there needs to be more studies to prove that genetically engineered foods are safe to -- The studies that haven't done in different animals and also reports from farmers seemed to suggest.
Health issues including.
Intestinal problems inflammation of the of the colon.
Which -- or what they call proliferation of the cells which is something that happens -- cancers and up problems with the kidneys deliver the longest.
Professor Smith agrees research is key and of the products out there have shown any evidence over the fifteen plus years that they've been marketed.
Of human health concerns.
So I find that reassuring in terms of food safety that doesn't say that new products coming along shouldn't be looked at very carefully.
The FDA has approved over forty seats and plans for genetic modification.
That -- safety up to the company's however more and more Americans are urging for labeling and the right to know what they are reading.
And organic your sweet corn and -- non organic your sweet corn you're probably not going to be able to measure anything different about those two.
So we do have a precedent for process based label and that's what a label that -- produced using genetically engineered varieties.
People are not confident in genetically modified foods at this point they simply should avoid them.
Or purchase less of them that will send a direct message to -- the manufacturers of big companies that are producing these seats.
So get educated and learn more on GM hopes.
You can also check out FDA dot go I'm Dr.
Manny Fox News.
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