As an American you become unaware of what the food is like  in comparison to food around the world. GM, genetically modified, foods have been around for 15 years and designed to promote a more efficient food system. In Europe there are bans against GM foods and organisms. Although they’re currently eating animals produced from GM organism, the debate continues.

In 2010, while studying abroad in Budapest, Hungary, I became aware of this fact. The size and quality of fruits, vegetables, meats and fish greatly differ in the US from European countries. For instance, when you pick up a whole chicken in the states, you can expect it to be full of meat. But if you look closely, the amount of meat is disproportionate with the size of the actual bone. Imagine that piece of meat full of feathers. Do you think this is a normal chicken walking around the farm? No, this chicken was designed for one reason, to be consumed by humans. The same goes for the quality of our fruits and vegetables. The FDA has specialists designing the perfect seed, bulb or organism to produce a perfect fruit, vegetable and even flower. Why? Because Americans like big and beautiful, and produce will not sell if it does not look a certain way. That is so true that hundreds of thousands of pounds of produce goes unused and rots in the fields. Farmers are unable to make a profit off their produce if there is a tiny scratch, scar or bruise. Sometimes a whole field will go unpicked. It’s so sad. My family and I encourage family and friends to help themselves in the field that go unpicked because it’s just going to rot out there.
Although there are groups and organizations against GM food and GM organisms in the United State, the controversy is not as it is in Europe. The debate currently exists. Countries like Austria, Poland, Greece and Hungary refuse to accept the authorization of GM cultivation, which irritates pro-GM countries like Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK. The Commission  continues to work towards a consensus, but how  can you have food that is good for you in one country and bad for you in another?
I encourage readers to do their own research. This is the food we are eating and we have that right to know what it is.