Genetically modified organisms or GMOs for short, have been a hot topic in the media for quite some time. GMOs have been at the height of scientific controversies because of their use in the production of food. Even though the general consensus among the science community is that there are no harmful effects, the reason for GMOs infamy is mainly whether or not their use on the food we consume will have lasting effects, how far can producers go with the modifications and should the government intervene with strict regulations.
With the media framing GMO’s in such a dim light, it has created somewhat of a scare in the general public. Most of the public’s concern stems from the fact that the science is not very readily available to most of the consumers and in this case ignorance is not always considered blissful; consumers are concerned about the lack of knowledge of all the harmful effects. Most food that is grown using GMOs are not labelled and that creates a sense of interest as to why not. Furthermore, these concerns have led to a growing skeptical audience who ponders the thought that maybe all ethics are being thrown out the window and that the harmful effects of GMOs are not only well known by the scientific community, but they are being purposefully put into our food supply to intentionally create harm. Although GMO’s are simply a way scientists have in a sense sped up natural selection and evolution, from a simple google search, you can conclude that most of the public perception on GMOs is negative. The result of these concerns have spawned advocacy groups that constantly question the lack of government regulation on such a new form of biotechnology.
These opinions have partly stemmed from daytime television hosts such as Oprah and Dr. Oz which are interesting picks for the main actors in this controversy because of the types of audiences that they reach. These audiences are usually mothers or caregivers who have a large say on what types of foods are consumed in the household. Additionally, these negative sentiments have created an influx in the amount of mass media made that the public consumes in order to show just how harmful GMOs could be. These media accounts are portrayed with an ominous tone while most of the programming is sort of a cautionary tale to the dangers of GMOs. In Conclusion, while GMOs are sought to be a solution to several food related problems that we as a society face, the general public’s concern and ignorance to the topic have made it hard in recent year to implement GMOs without backlash.