Essay about Genetically Modified Organisms ( Gmos )

1022 Words Oct 8th, 2016 5 Pages
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been widely discussed throughout the world since its discovery in the 1980s. In the mid-1990s, the first genetically modified food, tomatoes, was created and praised by scientists everywhere (Woolsey). However, this didn’t go without backlash from people around the world stating that genetically modified foods were “unethical and dangerous” to the economy, environment, and people. Although GMOs have already been proven safe by science, a majority of people still refuse to accept the testing or eating of genetically modified foods (Anderson 274). A more recent issue of genetically modified foods is rice, specifically “golden rice.” Golden rice is genetically modified to boost Vitamin A levels, which is of enormous help for Third World countries where Vitamin A deficiencies are one of the leading causes of death. Yet, organizations and programs are already planning to shut it down before its official distribution. One of the main reasons for this is farmers’ fear that the rice industry will be monopolized – one company will gain control and access to rice plant resources (Lilliston). However, in countries like the United States where people have a say in policies, monopolization can be avoided and fought. In other countries where the government can be corrupt, it would take a lot of work to stop the monopolization of one rice distributor, but it is completely possible. With Vitamin A deficiencies being one of the leading causes of…

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