Labelling Genetically Engineered Food: Why are Consumers Worried?

Leigh and Emily

Our goal is to find valid information to answer our interpretive question. We will annotate our bibliography to show how the website was helpful in understanding why labelling genetically engineered food is such an important matter. People should know what their food contains and if what is in their food is safe.

 

*All articles were taken from www.iconn.org Power Search

Our Goal:

Our first website:

 

"Genetically Engineered Food" Natural Life 54 (March-April 1997) p12 [iconn.org]

 

 

 

 

This website described genetic engineering and the risks that GE foods pose to our health. It also informed us of a disease called eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome. This website was helpful to us because it gave us background information on genetic engineering, which helped us to better understand the worry that people have because of unlabled genetic engineered foods and how it affects your health.

Our second website:

“Tryptophan substitute has hidden dangers.” Nutraceuticals International (Sept. 1998) [iconn.org]

 

In our first website, we encountered Eosinophilia-myagalia syndrome. (EMS) We had not heard of this syndrome before, so we decided to research it! This website explained what EMS was and what caused it. This website helped us to better understand how EMS related to genetically enigneered food.

 

Our third website:

 

"Just Label It Files Legal Petition with FDA to Require Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods." Entertainment Close-up 10 Oct. 2011. General OneFile. Web. 13 Feb. 2013.

 

This website talked about how a coalition of almost 400 businesses and organizations wanted to know what was in their food. They called for the labelling of genetically modified food, so that consumers would know what they are buying.

Our fourth website:

"Purdue Scientist Seeks Government Ruling on Genetically Engineered Salmon." Food & Beverage Close-Up 12 Aug. 2011. General OneFile. Web. 30 Jan. 2013.

This website came from a scientists' point of view. This Perdue University scientist wanted federal officials whether genetically modified salmon would be allowed for United States consuption. He argued that not doing so may set back scientific efforts to increase food production. This website was useful to us because it gave the point of view of someone who was in favor of genetically modifying food.

"Food from cloned animals thought to be safe for consumers. (Washington)." The Food Institute Report 26 Aug. 2002: 9. General OneFile. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.

Our fifth website:


This website explained that food and biomedical products from cloned animals are safe for human consumption and pose no major health risks. This helped us in our investigation because this could lessen the worry for needing to label GE foods. However, some people will still feel as if labelling is needed.

This website relates to our third website. In this website, a group marched from NYC to Washington DC to protest against the government. This group wanted to pressure the government about the lack of labeling of Genetically Engineered foods that people buy and consume. This article supported our opinion about labelling GM foods.

"Advocates for Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food to March from NYC to White House." Entertainment Close-up 31 July 2011. General OneFile. Web. 9 Apr. 2013.

Our sixth website:.

"I feel that labelling genetically engineered food is important because people should know what they are eating. I feel that not knowing what you eat is unfair, because you wouldn't know if it was organic or genetically modified to seem organic."

Leigh:

Our Opinion:

"I feel that labelling genetically engineered food is really important. I always like to know what I'm eating, and I know most everyone else does too. You have the right to know what you're eating, and adding unknown components to our food doesn't seem right."

Emily: