GMO’s, or Genetically Modified Foods, are the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one organism are harvested and put into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. In the 1990s, GMO’s were first introduced and are now used in the majority of processed foods in the United States; while in Europe and elsewhere they are banned as ingredients. GMO’s are more harmful than beneficial and are not the answer to the world’s hunger problem.
GMO 's provide us with the increased amounts of food that we need to feed an constantly growing population. As Nobel Prize laureate, Dr Norman E. Borlaug puts it: "There is no evidence to indicate that biotechnology is dangerous. After all, mother nature has been doing this kind of thing for God knows how long,". (Tervil Okoko, AgBioWorld) GMO 's have been around for far longer than people give them credit for – and in fact many of the foods we 've grown to love today like apples, bananas, grapes, and potatoes have all been modified for ease of human consumption. GMO 's reduce the amount of land needed in order to plant crops, as they produce crops of the same size with more yield than non-genetically engineered food. GMO 's allow for more nutritious, resilient, and better tasting food. There are currently no credible studies proving that the use of rDNA can lead to health defects in humans, and genetically engineered foods go through more rigorous testing than non-GMO 's. Contrary to the statistics, GMO 's are currently being developed to reduce pesticide use through intrinsic pest resistance – and a German study that was published on PLOS even concluded that “On average, GM technology adoption has reduced chemical pesticide use by 37%, increased crop yields by 22%, and increased farmer profits by 68%” (Wilhelm Klümper & Matin Qaim, PLOS). GMO 's can even help us fight back against climate change, as it allows the creation of crops resistant to severe weather – like droughts, which California (one of the best sources for crops in the nation) is currently experiencing with no particular end date in sight. Additionally, because of the aforementioned factors, GMO 's can be used to fight back against world hunger. They 're produced in mass quality, are cheaper, and more durable than non-genetically modified foods – in short, they 're an incredibly
A debate is ragging over the advancements being made in genetic engineering. Scientist discovered that genes are the map of every aspect of a living organism, this has furthermore led to the prospect of altering this coding. By modifying one’s genes parents will one day be able to pick the color of their unborn child’s eyes and farmers will have the ability to develop plants that will produce bigger and healthier harvest. With the growing anticipation that some feel towards genetically modified crops others question it effects on the surrounding environments. Often pesticides are more heavily relied on for genetically modified crops and some cases have found pollination decreased in areas dominated by GM plants. Since there are so many aspects of genetic modification that have yet to be explored, much more research is required before distributing GM seeds internationally, but from the information already available the sides have begun to divide.
But opponents for GMO continue to fight and protest the safety of any GMO’s and are we truly ready for them, currently agricultural plants are one of the most frequently used examples of genetically modified organisms, some benefits of genetic engineering in agriculture are increased crop yields, which advocates believe will reduced the costs of food and reduce the need for pesticides. They also believe that they enhance the nutrient composition of food quality and is resistance to pests and disease, many feel that using GMO’s can benefit the world 's growing
GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are plants and animals that have had their DNA changed. The organisms have been given genes from other living things to modify them to resist things such as insects, herbicides, and diseases. This way the modified foods and animals increase food production. Yet in the process of tampering with the genetic makeup or DNA of these organisms into something unnatural we learn some things should be left alone. The purpose of this essay is to discuss three causes and effects of GMOs, which are human and animal health concerns, environmental concerns, and moral and ethical concerns.
The majority of consumers today are unaware that they are eating genetically engineered (GE) foods on a constant basis without much knowledge as to what GE foods are. (pg 6, 8) While 60-70% of all processed products contains a GE ingredient, and since the majority of crops that grow corn, cotton, potato, and soybeans are growing GE seeds; people are beginning to question the safety and need of such technology. (7) The growing population, the unpredictable climate change, and the increase of pesticide spraying are the two motivating factors for growing GE seeds. There is a necessity in the marketplace for farmers to be creating more sustainable, productive, and environmentally friendly crops. (7)
In an episode of The Eyes of Nye, science educator Bill Nye explores the implications of genetically modified foods (GMOs) on consumers and ecosystems. GMOs are a growing concern for consumers because of their unknown health side-effects. In addition, they are also becoming an issue for ecosystems that are near GMO crops. As a response to the increasingly common and problematic use of GMOs, Nye makes the argument that GMOs need to be studied more thoroughly and planted with greater responsibility to the surrounding ecosystems.
Banning GMOs in the United States prevents their environmental, social, and economical effects. GMOs promote biodiversity loss, prevent growth of organic markets, and hinder sustainable agriculture. They are not labeled and have several impacts on human health. GMOs expand world hunger and are monopolistic. The solution to banning GMOs through support. As the Indian proverb goes, “All the flowers, all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.” If nothing is done about GMOs, there will not be flowers or tomorrows in the
Scientists have been changing genomes of plants and animals by integrating new genes from a different species through genetic engineering, creating a genetically modified organism (GMO). Consumers in America have been eating GMOs since 1996, when they went on the market. There are benefits to genetically modifying crop plants, as it improves the crop quality and increases yield, affecting the economy and developing countries. But there are also negative effects from GMOs. Consumption of GMOs has various health effects on both body systems of animals and humans. GMOs also affect the environment, ecosystems and other animal species. The cons outweigh the pros in the case of GMOs.
GMOs, or genetically modified organisms created in a lab by altering an organism’s DNA, are in almost everything we eat (Chevat and Pollan). In fact, 75% of all supermarket food contains some form of a GMO (Caldwell). They can be engineered to resist disease, pesticides, and herbicides, which has many environmental and human repercussions. Although genetically modified food is cheap for consumers, it is harmful to the environment and it is dangerous for humans to ingest, and therefore needs to be eliminated from our food supply.