Genetically Modified Organisms

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Imagine living on a farm. It is cold most of the year, but for a few months you are able to grow some corn to feed your family, and occasionally if you are lucky you can sell it in town to make some money. It is hard work for what seems like a little reward. You must often deal with insects eating many of the corn stalks, and your corn doesn’t do well in cold temperatures, so you must harvest it before the cold weather starts again. You have to plow much of your field to plant this corn, and it takes much effort to look after it. Then a man gives you some seeds. He calls it genetically modified corn. You plant it and the next year and the year after that there is no need to worry about pest, because the pesticides you used no longer harm your plants. Your growing season is longer and you have much more corn on the same area of land and you can now sell your corn in the market regularly. It seems like a good thing to have a GMO on your land.

A GMO or genetically modified organism refers to plant life that has been genetically enhanced to benefit the crop yield in some way. Wikipedia defines a GMO as, “is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. Genetic modification involves the insertion or deletion of genes. When genes are inserted, they usually come from a different species”. Some plants are modified to resist pesticides. This way a plant can be protected from insects and other pests without the pesticide killing the plant. Because there are no longer pests eating the crop, more produce can be sent to market. According to the GMO compass, produce like corn has been genetically modified to be able to grow in colder areas. This allows more people to have access to food. This dif...

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...netically modified produce has the capability to feed the world. Because the GMOs would help the future population of the world to survive, I think it is essential that we take into account the effects of them before we cause damage to the populations instead.

Works Cited

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