Effects Of Gmos On Human Health And Genetically Modified Organisms

1363 Words Jun 15th, 2015 6 Pages
Martin Luther King had a dream, and the dream had nothing to do with GMOs. A genetically modified organism (GMO) is a seed that contains altered genes where the genes are altered because of scientist changing their DNA. Often, the seed contains genes from other types of seeds. Although diversity is good within agriculture, GMOs have been artificially created and have been known to cause serious damage to crops. Over the last few decades, genetically altered foods have replaced much of our diet. Some GMOs have negative effects on human health and genetically modified (GM) companies have adverse effects on local crops, but there are ways to evade easting them.
Health risks linked with GMO-type foods are quite dangerous. Although GMOs were only introduced in 1994, some side effects are already beginning to appear. GMOs have been the origin of some problems like increased allergies, antibiotic resistant bacteria and other toxic hazards (Safe Food). Even though these side effects seem minor when it really comes down to it, the long-term effects can be a lot more severe. There has been an increase in life-threatening allergies and an increase in children being born with birth defects. These can be credited to a chemical called glyphosate, which is a compound found in some GMOs. Glyphosate is a very dangerous chemical, researchers have found that it is able to cause infertility, stillbirths, miscarriages and cancer (The Ecologist). Seeing as though genetically…

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