Genetically modified organisms or GMOs are organisms, like plants, animal, and bacteria found in soil that has been genetically modified to increase production of that product. GMOs are used most with agricultural plants because this makes them better to grow and harvest. GMO plants increased the amount of crops, keeps food cost low, they don’t need pesticide; their nutrients are enhanced as well as the quality of the food. They also are resistant to disease and pest, give us food security, and also have medical benefits to help our growing population.
GMO plants also grow faster and are tolerant to environmental stressors, like frost, drought, salt, and aluminum, this helps them grow in conditions that would otherwise kill the crops. Animals like salmon and cattle have been genetically modified to increase production as well and it also gives the cattle a resistance to mad cow disease. You have probably consumed a GMO product and didn’t even know it, the approved products that have been genetically modified are soybeans, corn, canola, and plums, other products that they are developing are rice, tobacco, maize, and Coho salmon. They are creating resistances to insects and virus with these products as well as making them better for you.
While this might all sound like a great thing for our country to do with our food to ensure we get the best and have enough of it, some other countries would disagree. Some places in Europe and the far east have banned or limited the use of GMO products because they think that they are dangerous to their health and with GMO not being labeled on these products we can consume them without knowing it. This is one of the main arguments to these products. People should have the right to choose if they consume these products. Scientists and Engineers are creating these GMOs to help the growing population of the world. If GMOs help increase food supply, then fewer people would be without food.
GMOs weren’t created to harm the population, they were created to help it and because they are unknown to people, they see them as scary. There are a lot of things out there that we don’t understand. As our population grows, we have to come up with new ways to keep the population going and food is a big part of that. If it wasn’t for GMOs we might have a food shortage or worst a famine.
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