Genetically Modified Organisms : A Lack Of Biodiversity And Promote Economic Inequality

926 Words Dec 2nd, 2016 4 Pages
It is estimated that every night approximately 795 million people in the world go to bed hungry. Although it is clear how severe this issue is, there are not many viable solutions today. Many believe that genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are the solutions to these problems. Proponents believe that GMOs can lead to the production of more efficient crop yields, and thus have the power to save individuals dying from malnutrition. However, many disagree, asserting that GMOs can lead to a lack of biodiversity and promote economic inequality. Although there are compelling arguments for both views, genetically engineered organisms should be banned only to the extent where they will cause more harm than good.
In the article by Klaus M. Leisinger, “Yes: Stop Blocking Progress” the argument for supporting the use of GMOs is laid out. The article asserts that GMOs are needed since they can help farmers produce food with more nutritional benefits, that can save the lives of many children. It is known that population is continually growing, so farmers need new techniques to accommodate. To this day, the only solution to produce crops that contain more nutritional value is to use GMOs. This breakthrough is no different than any other technological progress. The use of GMOs in crops is similar to when farmers in the past had to use new techniques to produce a larger quantity of crops more efficiently. Without using them, there is no viable option for small farmers to increase their…

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