Essay about Genetically Modified Organisms ( Gmos )

789 Words Nov 19th, 2015 4 Pages
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are increasingly becoming a topic of controversy in the U.S. and Canada as well as abroad. The public and media pose a lot of threats as well as benefits of GMOs and the topic still remains controversial today. However, GMOs are not just used in food industry. They have been successfully used for years in a variety of fields such as in medical and biological research, drug production, and medical treatments (Goldbas, 2014, p. 20). The most controversy and debating about GMOS appears to be in regard to food safety as well as their health risks. Therefore the aim of this paper is to focus explanations of GMOs, how GMOs are made, the pros and cons of Genetically Modified Foods.
First, let’s once again explain what GMOs are. GMOs are organisms whose genetic make-ups have been changed by mutating, inserting, or deleting genes, by using genetic engineering techniques or biotechnology (Klein, 1987). For example, scientists change the corn by adding DNA from another corn, bacteria such as pest-killing, virus to it. DNA is what gives the new corn special characteristics. Not only plants, Animals have been genetically modified since they were first tamed around 12,000 BCE and altered plants were available around 10,000 BCE (Goldbas, 2014, p. 20). Genetic modification has improved our agricultural productivity and profitability by speeding up the process where it might take us years to get all the right traits without environmental factors such as…

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