Genetically Modified Crops Should Be Used For Human Consumption

1814 Words Nov 20th, 2015 8 Pages
In the United States approximately 70% of all processed food contain at least one genetically modified ingredient. Due to the widespread of genetically modified (GM) crops,, countries across the world are debating whether GM crops should be used for human consumption. Genetic modification is an alteration of genetic information to make them capable of producing new substances or performing new functions. A gene is a unit of hereditary material. In the United States over half of the corn grown is genetically modified, however, eight European Union have banned genetically modified crops. Many developing countries refuse to import genetically modified crops due to other nations objections. Debate is centered around whether GM crops are more harmful or beneficial. Genetically modified crops grant larger crop yields, less pesticide use, and increased farm profit. However, they pose a risk of hybridization with wild relatives, pests becoming resistant, affecting surrounding environment, and unknown long term health effects. Due to the many advantages and disadvantages of genetically modifying crops there is much debate on whether scientist should continue the genetic modification of crops.

Some advocates of genetically modified crops argue that the benefits of GM crops are reason for the continuation of modification. The University of Utah Health Sciences has published an article that addresses the benefits of genetically modified crops. These benefits include modifying fruits…

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