From Mendel to Monsanto

opinion Essay
1030 words
1030 words

GMOs first sprouted in the mid eighteen hundreds with an Austrian monk named Gregor Mendel breeding peas, and has now evolved into a worldwide method of creating the perfect plant. Companies like Monsanto and AstraZeneca lead the world of unlimited GMOs today. Although consumers are led to believe that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food crops are uncontrollable and harmful, GMOs can be controlled and can be considered to be extremely beneficial. One concern that numerous consumers have, is that GMO products will cause genetic mutations in both humans and animals that eat genetically modified crops , but such accusations are based on supposition and myth. One of the strongest arguments against GMOs is that asexually reproducing crops will spread farther than intended, though there are deterrents that prevent this from happening. By using GMOs we are able to reduce the area needed to produce equal or higher yields compared to traditional food crops. Another argument that consumers have against GMOs is that farmers are not allowed to reuse seeds, which is largely a legal matter, not a biological one. Another major concern Americans have about GMOs in food crops is the correlation GMOs have with obesity in wealthy countries, but this concern is not valid when considering developing countries riddled with poverty. Lastly, consumers argue that plants that have insecticides built into them will kill the pollinators, such as bees and other insects and birds that depend on the pollen. However, pollinators are able to use plants that are not used in agriculture to pollinate and thrive. All of these issues that are commonly brought forward by consumers who wish to discourage the use of GMOs are able to be controlled or have alread... ... middle of paper ... ...y modifying plants and animals to make them more productive and disease resistant and that the evidence of harm is more anecdotal than real. Works Cited

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that genetically modified organisms (gmos) are uncontrollable and harmful but can be controlled and considered beneficial.
  • Opines that consumers who believe that gmos can cause genetic mutations in people or animals have not looked farther than anti-gmo magazine articles. millions of americans have been eating gm foods without ill effects.
  • Explains that farmers could destroy millions of acres of forest to use for farmland. scientists and farmers could collaborate to create genetically modified food crops that produce much higher yields per acre.
  • Explains that many farmers are concerned with asexually reproducing crops because they feel they have been forced into buying more seeds for gmo crops.
  • Argues that the increase in gmo crops shows a significant relationship with the obesity rates in the us but, this correlation does not show the full picture.
  • Opines that genetically modified crops will negatively affect pollinators, despite the fact that they are not likely to harm bees.
  • Concludes that there are distinct advantages to genetically modifying plants and animals to make them more productive and disease resistant. the evidence of harm is more anecdotal than real.
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