Genetically modified food: Problem or paranoia?

November 30, 2011

In October, protesters against genetically modified foods marched through Baltimore on their way to Washington. Their goal is to make Congress require that all genetically modified foods be labeled as such, but the effect will to spread superstition rather than increase awareness about these products.

The witch hunt against genetically modified foods has been gaining traction. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 93 percent of the soybeans and 86 percent of the corn grown in the U.S. in 2009 were genetically modified crops. And despite all the misinformation concerning such foods, they are rapidly being assimilated into the American diet.

The lack of reporting in the media about the positive implications of genetically modified foods is unfortunate. Without crops that produce higher yields at less cost, we will be unable to feed the next generation. How many more times do such foods need to be proven safe before they can begin to avert a coming crisis?

Kara Welch, Hampstead

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