Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

 

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With the big deal being made as of late about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), I’ve decided to devote a post about this subject.  I’ve done my research, but can’t really find anything negative about GMOs.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there’s nothing that proves that there’s negative effects of GMOs.  In fact, the United States and the world benefits from this technology.  Growers use genetically modified plants to create crops that are resistant to disease, herbicides, and make them less appealing to insects.  Of course these crops produce more yield so that one crop can feed a lot more people.

Below, I have a list of Pros and Cons about GMOs that I found on WebMD:


The Pros

More food: Fans of GMOs say they will help us feed the extra 2 billion people that will fill the planet by 2050. Farmers can grow more food because these plants can live through a drought or cold snap. They aren’t as likely to die from disease.

“Not using these tools would push us back 40 to 50 years in food production,” Bradford says.

Less stress on the environment: Crops made so bugs won’t like them lower farmers’ need for toxic chemical pesticides, Goldstein says. Plants that resist weeds can live in fields that don’t have to be tilled as often. Tilling, or stirring up the dirt, gets rid of weeds, but it also causes dirt to be washed away into streams and rivers.

The Cons

More medical problems: Opponents say that besides possibly leading to cancer, GMOs can cause new allergies and hurt the effects of antibiotics. But no studies confirm this.

The rise of “superweeds”: Crops built to survive weed killer could breed with weeds. These “superweeds” would also survive. Farmers would have to use more and more and stronger pesticide to keep up.


Now, that you’ve seen all the pros and cons, quite honestly since all these negative effects of these GMOs are speculative.  I have bold and underlined key words in the list above.  Even throughout the article on WebMD, there’s many “can”s, “could”s, and “may”s.  As I’ve said above, there’s no proof that GMOs are indeed harmful.  Experts have said and continue to say that without GMOs it would set back our ability to produce adequate food for everyone.  There’s activist groups, websites, etc. all feeding into a hysteria that has no scientific value in base.

Both the WHO and the FDA say that all GMO crops are regulated to ensure that no harmful food gets to the tables of the consumer.  I encourage you to make up your own mind about this subject, I have included the links to my source material below.


 

Here are the links:

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