Genetically Modified Organism: Are GMO Harmful Or Helpful

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Genetically Modified Organism: Are GMOs harmful or helpful
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, around 84 percent of corn currently grown in the United States is non gmo corn, while 89 percent is genetically engineered for herbicide tolerance (Aldridge). Most American farmers prefer their crops to be genetically modified or engineered for herbicide tolerance because they would be using less energy by not spraying harmful chemicals into the air that kill off beneficial insects. There are three simple arguments to why GMO’s are helpful to our rapidly growing society: Farmers yields are better, they helps farmers use less energy and chemicals, and they are USDA approved.
Farmers yields are better
The world is growing at a rapid rate
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Genetically modified foods have the potential to solve the world’s malnutrition rate and preserve the environment by reducing pesticide and chemical use (Genetically Modified Food). The United states would not have to use crop dusters that kill beneficial insects like butterflies or bees. Crop dusters are airplanes that fly over non-GMO fields and they spray chemicals over the crops to kill of weeds and insects; but some beneficial insects die and that hurts the environment. For example, if the US continues to kill bees, flowers can not pollinate. Also on windy conditions the chemicals could spray surrounding trees, grass, lakes, rivers and kill them, and doing that will hurt the environment and the air. Crop dusting is more harmful than helpful.(See figure …show more content…
Whether farmers plant non GMO or GMO crops there are still many risks. In the long run, genetically modified organisms should be the way to go to provide us a brighter future. The USDA is working on doing more tests on genetically engineered organisms to keep humans and animals safe. Farmers would also use less pesticides and insecticides that leads to less chemicals in our atmosphere and would give farmers more freedom to adapt to new technology. GMO’s offer such great potential for our future and should be a must because it highers yields, helps farmers use less energy , and the USDA approves. Let us live life with food in our mouth and protect our environment by growing Genetically Modified

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