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Must-reads about GMO's

Newsela | Florida mom sues food maker over "natural" label on Goldfish snacks

Newsela | Florida mom sues food maker over "natural" label on Goldfish snacks

In this article, the author (By Sun Sentinel, adapted by Newsela staff) tells the story of a Florida mom, who sued "Goldfish" after buying goldfish from the "all natural" section of the store, then later finding out that goldfish contain genetically modified soybeans. The central idea in this article is, "Not all GMO's are properly labeled." The main ideas are, "GMO's are not considered natural, the majority wants proper labeling, and no one is really sure what natural means." The latter main idea is supported by the evidence of, "The FDA has not defined "natural," and does not object to the use of the label on genetically modified foods." This would be a good article to read, to gather general information about GMO's, or to take a glimpse of both sides of the argument over GMO's.

newsela.com
Newsela | Potato company engineers spuds that are resistant to late blight disease

Newsela | Potato company engineers spuds that are resistant to late blight disease

In this article, the author (Associated Press, adapted by Newsela) records how genetically modifying foods could prevent disastrous events from happening again. A new potato was introduced to the market, which was genetically modified to produce less of a cancer-causing chemical when fried and to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine. The central idea is, "GMO's are a more reliable food source." The main ideas are, "GMO's can help us as a whole, GMO's could cut down on waste, (fewer potatoes would get thrown away because the minimum quality of a potato would be raised, with the help of genetically modifying them) and GMO's could help prevent cancer." This article would be good for contrasting an article which opinions viewed GMO's negatively, or to take a glimpse of one side of the argument over GMO's.

newsela.com
GMO Information - Kids Right To Know

GMO Information - Kids Right To Know

In this article, the author (Kids Right To Know) shows their opinion of GMO's strongly, giving statistics and examples denouncing GMO's. In this article, the central idea is "GMO's are bad for you and the environment," and the main ideas are "GMO's are widely considered unsafe, GMO's are not in the majority's best interest, and GMO's are manipulation of nature." This would be a good article to read, to take a glimpse of one side of the argument over GMO's, or to contrast an article supporting GMO's.

kidsrighttoknow.com