Are GMO Food Pros And Cons?

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Genetically modified organisms is a controversial topic that has been on people 's minds in the past couple of years, but lots of people don 't know what genetically modified organisms actually are or what they 're used for. Many people think they’re terrible things in food that are going to kill us one day, but they don 't know very much else. Everyone should know what genetically modified organisms are, why they are used, pros, cons, and why is it controversial, so that they can form their own opinions about them. According to Sofia Layarda, who has a master 's degree in public health nutrition, genetic modifying is when a certain gene or specific trait is directly transferred from one organism to another, resulting in a genetically modified …show more content…
Like stated before, and in “GMO Food Pros and Cons”, by Ken Mandel, GMOs can alter plants so that they resist more pests, so less pesticides are used on the crops to keep them healthy and alive. Mandel also states that, GMOs can provide a better shelf life for foods that go bad quickly and they can be modified to have more vitamin and minerals in them, providing more nutrients. GMOs can also help families who can 't grow foods because they live in a place where there 's a drought, as Stacy Finz explains in her article called “GMOs: Research Says They’ll Help End Starvation, but Americans Remain Wary”. She sheds light on the fact that genetically modified crops that resist drought or don 't need as much water to prosper, can help people who don 't have enough food to grow in the dry weather. She goes on and says how GMOs are being put to waste when they could help humans who might not have enough food or can 't grow enough food because of their …show more content…
In Mandel 's article, he also describes how GMOs can cause new allergies to occur. “Food allergies in children under 18 spiked from 3.4 percent in 1997-99 to 5.1 percent in 2009-11, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, though it bears noting that there 's no conclusive scientific link to GMO foods.” He also states that people might become more immune to antibiotics. If we eat plants that have antibiotics in them, to make them immune to pests, then we will eventually be immune to the antibiotics because we are getting exposed to it a lot. If this happens, Mandel says, it will be harder to find cures for common things that antibiotics do cure for us. He also states that GMOs can lead to dangerous situations like, if scientists make a mistake and put a herbicide-resistant gene in weeds, then that could lead to some problems. It would be much harder to get rid of weeds if they are resistant to the things people usually use to kill them

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