Genetically Modified Organisms ( Gmo ) Essay

1208 Words Mar 1st, 2016 5 Pages
Olyvia Poelvoorde
ENST 480

Genetically modified organisms (GMO) are organisms that have their genetic material altered artificially using genetic engineering. GMOs are a subject that a lot of people have an opinion about, both good and bad. Plant genetic engineering methods were developed over 30 years ago, and since then, genetically modified crops have become commercially available and widely adopted. In 2009, GM crops were being grown on 10 percent of the Earth’s arable land.1 From personal experience, when most people think of genetically modified organisms, images swirl their minds of syringes sticking out of food, or some scary variation of a mad scientist injecting them poisons. These misconceptions, I believe are why a large portion of people are opposed to genetic modification. In fact, genetic modification is as complicated as extracting a desired trait from one plants DNA and adding it to another plants DNA. This process helps create our most desired qualities within our produces. When tomatoes in the supermarket grab your eye because it 's got a more red color than the others it 's genetic modification at work. While there may be some down sides to genetic modification it also has some significant positive qualities. Genetic engineering allows us to “modify” plants to become resistant to harmful pesticides. It can provide small farmers with a crop that can be sold at higher prices, thanks to organic labeling. Genetic modification is also something we…

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