Biotechnology is an industry involving the manipulation of DNA to create more desirable molecules. Mendel’s work with pea plants determined that living things do share traits. Geneticists study the nature of DNA in order to better understand heredity of several species. Recent genetic engineering practiced in the lab are found in the supermarkets as genetically modified vegetables. Certain diseases are combated with DNA altered in the laboratory. Biotechnology is the field of perfecting life.
Americans trust that ingredients on food labels are complete and safe. Yet, few know and even less approve of the undisclosed, genetically modified food in the pantry.
The Food and Drug Administration has no reason to believe that bioengineered food is any different from food grown with original DNA. Because of this stance, disclosing food as “genetically modified” or bioengineered is voluntary. None of the associated processors opt for this disclosure because 87% of people polled in 2008 by CBS do not want to eat manipulated food (Miller, 2009). Eighty percent of processed foods lining grocery store shelves are genetically modified. It is doubtful the general public is aware of this fact.