When you think about it…what do we know about genetically modified food?

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When you think about it…what do we know about genetically modified food?

Companies today are trying to create their own version of food, specifically salmon grown to be two to three times larger than those Mother Nature produces. Are these genetically engineered salmon healthy for us to eat? Some members of Congress say not enough is known so we should tread lightly. They are concerned about the potential safety to our food supply and the environmental risks inherent should genetically engineered salmon enter our waterways.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for approving such deviations from the norm. So far, the FDA has not approved genetically engineered salmon for human consumption. But could they? Time and pressure from those for or against genetically modified salmon will give us an answer eventually.

Other companies are attempting to genetically engineer pigs who would produce less manure and cattle who would be resistant to mad cow disease. Each species would have to be approved by the FDA.

When you think about it…how much tinkering with our food supply is safe and how much is putting us in jeopardy for unknown illnesses and environmental catastrophes?

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