Genetically Modified Foods: Feeding the World

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Walking into a store and one’s eyes are assaulted by bright yellow stickers on everything. They read, “Caution may contain GMOs”. They like flashing billboards that send people running in the other direction, but must people really don’t know what they are running from. They don’t know what they are, what their benefits are. They have only heard one side of the story. They don’t really know what GMOs are; let alone what benefit they have not only to use, but to third world countries as well. Often people think that GMOs are terrible, yet they don’t even know what GMO stands for, or their history. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are plants or animals that have their DNA experimental combined with DNA from bacteria, viruses, or other plants and animals. These combinations are an advanced form of artificial selection that cannot happen in nature or through traditional crossbreeding. Although traditional crossbreeding is how it all started, in about the year 50,000 BC. That is when we started domesticating animals for food. Eventually we would become an agriculture-based society and start cross breeding plants to make the best food for us. We would pick plants with the traits that where the most advantageous for us and breed them. This was our own kind of genetic modification. It allowed us to pick and choose which traits where the best and would be passed down. Then scientist started to speed up the process by genetically modifying organisms. To genetically modify an organism a scientist picks a gene in an organism and extracts it. Then they clone that gene thousands of times, so that it can be put into the cells. Next they must insert the gene into the second organism, and after this they actually... ... middle of paper ... ...g even a small fraction about what there is to know about GMOs are you curious? Do you want to know more about the history, how they are beneficial, or what you can do to open more people’s eyes? Then once again I say get up off your butt and do something about it. You will never learn if you don’t put in the effort. So don’t just take my word for it. Find for yourself what an amazing technology GMOs are. Works Cited Charles, Dan. Top Five Myths of Genetically Modified Seeds, Busted. The Salt, 18 October 2012. Web. 30 January 2014. Faerber, Edwards, Guenawan, etc. Genetically Modified Foods. UC Santa Cruz, 6 June 2005. Web. 30 January 2014 Phillips, Theresa. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs): Transgenic crops and Recombinant DNA technology. Nature Education. 2008. Web. 31 January 2014 What is GMO? NONGMO Project. 2005. Web. 30 January 2014

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