Genetic Engineering and GMOs

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The term GMO is typically used to refer to crops designed for animal or human food, but making them better through biological technologies (Phillips). Genetically modified organisms, also known as GMO’s, have been helping the world try to explore scientific feats. They can help clean up oil-spills (Anderson), or even help a farmer make a little extra money (Lilliston). The question everyone is asking: “Is this really helping us, or not?” People everywhere are debating if these are safe for not only us, but our planet as well. People think that toxins from these modifications could possible pollute our planet and our bodies. (Anderson)
Genetically modified foods have become a huge topic on the news. A lot of anti-GMO activists have been protesting against GMOs for a while. They are concerned that if genetically modified crops can have the potential of harming Monarch butterflies, then why won’t genetically modified foods harm us? People are worried that if we genetically modify organisms, we will be harming not only the animal, but the environment it lives in (Phillips).
Genetically modified organisms have been planted in almost 150 million acres in the United States. This is helping farmers increase yields, not have to use as many pesticides, and save the topsoil (Conko). In 1997, 15% of soybeans that were grown in the United States were genetically modified. It was predicted in 1999 that in the year 2000, 100% of all soybeans in the United States would be genetically modified. (Montague)
There are some great things about GMOs as well. They can help increase yields. This helps the farmers make more money, and produce more grain for the livestock producers. They can also reduce the prices for pharmaceutical production. If we can g...

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...1971, there was a huge debate over whether or not GMOs were safe for humans or not. There was concerns of the possibility of the presence of ecoli.

Works Cited

Anderson, Clifton E. "Biotech on the Farm: Realizing the Promise." Futurist Vol. 39, No. 51. Sept./Oct. 2005: 38-42. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 15 Apr. 2014.
Lilliston, Ben. "Don't Ask, Don't Know: The Biotech Regulatory Vacuum." Multinational Monitor. Jan./Feb. 2000: 9-16. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 15 Apr. 2014.
Conko, Gregory. "The Rush to Condemn Genetically Modified Crops." Policy Review. Feb/Mar 2011: 69. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 15 Apr. 2014.
Montague, Peter. "Against the Grain." Yes! A Journal of Positive Futures. Summer 1999: 46-48. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 15 Apr. 2014.
Phillips, Ph.D., Theresa. “GMOs: Transgenic Crops and Recombinant DNA Technology.” Scitable. Web. 14 April 2014.
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