Genetically Modified Organisms And Biotechnology Essay

1446 Words Dec 4th, 2015 6 Pages
Monsanto says, “Twenty years from now, the earth’s population will need 55 percent more food than it can produce now.” How will farmers be able to meet this demand if they continue to produce the same amount of food as today? Genetically Modified Organisms and biotechnology can help meet this demand. Biotechnology is the study of cellular and biomolecular processes to develop technologies, products that help improve our lives, and the health of our planet. An example of an application of biotechnology is the use and production of GMOs. A GMO, or genetically modified organism, is a plant developed through a process in which a copy of a desired gene or section of genetic material from one plant or organism is placed in another plant. There are 9 GM crops currently available in the U.S. including corn, soybeans, canola, cotton, alfalfa, sugar beets, squash, papaya, and potatoes. Farmers and consumers should support the production of GM crops because studies show many benefits. GMOs are safe for consumers. Scientific studies have proven that GMOs are not harmful to consumers. In spite of the studies and research, Mercola claimed, “No one has ever proven that GMOs are not harmful to consumers.” Many people doubt the safety of GMOs, even though many of the most influential regulatory industries and agencies, including the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, the American Medical Association, the World Health Organization, Health Canada, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the…

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