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Harmful ingredients

Dear Editor:

Many of you may not be aware of what you are truly eating when you purchase your food from your grocery store. Nearly 75 percent of the foods sold in grocery stores have been genetically modified in some way. GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are organisms whose genetic material has been altered using genetic-engineering techniques. Genetic engineering involves taking genes from one species and inserting them into another.

The insertion of these genes can lead to unpredictable effects, such as severe allergic reactions. Our food is no longer natural because it has been artificially changed from its original state. How do you know what you are actually eating when the foreign genes that have been inserted into the food are not listed with the ingredients?

Yes, we understand that some GMOs may be beneficial in some situations, for example, in Third World countries. The modification of food helps create more for the needy in these poorer areas of our world. We are not asking for these GMOs to be banned, just for their genes and ingredients to be labeled. At least this way the people will be able to determine exactly what is in their foods to prevent food and allergic reactions.

Help support and create awareness of GMOs by joining our Facebook group, SAY NO TO GMOS. To find this page, type in “SAY NO TO GMOS” in the Facebook search bar. You can also support our cause by attending our presentation to the community at 11:45 a.m. on March 19 at the Basalt Regional Library.

Zoe Tyrrell, Alexandra DeWind, Annie Wells and Julia Kapustka – students, Basalt High School

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