Genetically Modified Organisms And Its Effects On The Environment

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I am writing to you today about the issue of genetically modified organisms (GMO) discussed in the FDA’s guidance document. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), GMOs are defined as, “plants or animals that have been specifically altered by using genetically engineering on certain genes to produce unique traits.” Genetically modified crops were familiarized in the mid 1990’s, with many uncertainties. Since then, widespread research has been conducted, as this topic has become increasingly more debated. Farmers who have embraced GM foods created crops with preferred characteristics, allowing for continued growth for future production. The World Health Organization (WHO), discusses the regulations that have been put in place to evaluate how genetically modified organisms can effect human’s health and the environment. These tests will often examine the organism’s toxicity and allergenicity.
One of the concerns that I have with genetically engineered organisms is the potential repercussion that they may have on the environment. WHO argues the consequences of GMOs. These organisms have the competency to leak to the wild, creating further generations of engineered foods. They also could affect the “non-target” organisms. For example, non-GM corn being contaminated by the GM corn in neighboring fields. The biggest concern in my eyes however, is the damage of biodiversity. If we have all of the “perfect” plants and organisms, it would defeat the purpose…

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