Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), have become synonymous with the chemical and biological alteration of the modern food supply since their introduction in the mid 1990s. GMOs promote desirable plant genetics, which results in savings for both farmers and consumers. Beyond this, the use of GMOs in crops results in the reduction in herbicide application on crops, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. GMOs are a way of artificially fortifying certain food products, but do not necessarily result in any appreciable health benefits to consumers; the genetic modifications tend to make the crop more robust and profitable for farmers. Though the FDA regulates food from genetically engineered plants and imposes a legal duty on food producers to protect consumers, concern over possible negative health effects has, nevertheless, culminated in an anti-GMO movement that has drawn a wide base of support, from individuals to corporate food giants, like Chipotle, MacDonald's, and others. In response,

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