Are fast food restaurants using genetically modified products?
In particular, potatoes, I love McDonald's and Carls Jr but not sure are on their menu.
- Grayson B.Lv 710 years agoFavorite Answer
Sure they are -- here's a balanced understanding from AA Environment dot-com
All types of foods and organisms have been genetically engineered: corn, cotton, tomatoes, soybeans, sugarbeets, oilseed rape, maize, salmon, pigs, cows, and the list goes on. With about 6 billion people eating everyday, we need every reasonable tool known to man to assure adequate nutrition for Earth's residents. GM foods, property utilized, can help meet these needs in a number of ways: pest resistance, herbicide tolerance, disease resistance, cold tolerance, drought tolerance and salinity toleranc, among others. Many countries are growing GM crops: U.S., Canada, China, Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Mexico, Romania, South Africa, Spain and Uruguay. Interestingly, according the USDA approximately 54% of all soybeans cultivated in the U.S. in 2000 were genetically-modified. In the U.S., three government agencies have jurisdiction over GM foods: EPA evaluates GM plants for environmental safety, the USDA evaluates whether the plant is safe to grow, and the FDA evaluates whether the plant is safe to eat. Mandatory food labeling is also a complex issue. The FDA's current position on food labeling is govered by the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, which is only concerned with food additives, not whole foods or food products that are considered GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe). The FDA contends that GM foods are substantially equivalent to non-GM foods, and therefore not subject to more stringent labeling. If all GM foods and food products are to be labeled, Congress must enact sweeping changes in the existing food lableling policy. The Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act (HR 2916) is probably a good place to start for food labeling.
Just as AAEA supports nuclear power with the belief that there should be serious oversight, we support the use of modified foods in the same way. We believe that traditional environmental groups go to far in calling for a ban on nuclear power and GM. They could still provide 95% of the same constructive criticisms and oversight in these areas, but are extremist when calling for bans on useful, relatively safe products. . .Source(s): http://www.aaenvironment.com/GM.htm
- 10 years ago
Yes if you live in the US all the vegetables in McDonald's and Fast food restaurants are genetically modified. 75% of the stuff in a grocery store contains genetically modified ingredients. In Europe they actually studied it before doing it to see if it was safe, here in the US we didn't study anything we just do it. That's why in Europe GMO's (genetically modified organisms) are banned. That's why I buy my food from my local health food store. That sells everything non GMO.
- Paul the OktopusLv 410 years ago
Almost all produce is now genetically modified in one way or another. I can assure you that almost every potato chip you have ever ate has most likely been genetically modified.
- JohnkaLv 710 years ago
In USA almost all corn - contained in lots of things is mixed with GM corn.
In UK GM is banned so UK sourced food like potatoes, meat and milk are clear.
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- KathleenLv 44 years ago
The preservatives make children go through puberty earlier. They market to children to build brand loyalty from an early age. Hope one of these helps.
- jungleempressLv 710 years ago
- 10 years ago