Are Genetically Modified Organisms: Are GMO Bad Or Good?

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Are GMOs bad or good? Have you noticed that there are more and more products with the label “Non-GMO” or “Organic” in the store? However, about five years ago, there was very limited supply of non-GMO in a regular store. I would always remember how excited my hostmother was when she found a Non-GMO product at Costco and she would say to me: “GMOs are bad for your health.” Me, on the other hand, have no idea what GMOs are, but I assumed they are something bad. Five years passed, I still go to Costco every weekend to get groceries and I am surprised how much non-GMO food Costco carries now, more than half of my shopping cart always happen to be “Non-GMO”. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) has been a controversial topic …show more content…
A genetically modified organism (GMO), also known as a transgenic organism, is any organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering. And genetically modified plants are one example of GMOs. According to <>, it is “a recombinant of deoxyribonucleic acid, in which specific genes were manipulated in a more elegant way to create new entities of living microbes.” Genetic engineering techniques allow for the introduction of new traits as well as greater control over traits than traditional breeding methods. In other words, genetically modified organism is simply an organism, like every other organism, which produces tens of thousands of proteins, but one or two of them are proteins that were chosen specifically by …show more content…
It is an economical and global issue. Traditional agricultural practice and animal farming suffer from serious limitations in facing the changing world today. With increasing population and rapid industrialization and urbanization, there are less and less land and limited food supply. Furthermore, with changes in global climate, agriculture faces new conditions of the natural resources such as water and air quality. Hence, GMOs help keeping pace with the world’s population demands at a more competitive price. Although industrial use of new biotechnology and developing GMOs continues to progress, the current international market is limiting the introduction of GMO agricultural products. Recent publications indicate that over 3500 field traits on transgenic crops in more than 40 countries are ongoing. The major transgenic crops in the market include tomato with delayed ripening, cotton and corn with insect or herbicide resistance, soybean with herbicide resistance, and canola with enhanced oil

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