Genetically Modified Organisms ( Gmos ) Essay

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Genetically Modified Organisms Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are organisms that have been genetically altered so that they contain the DNA of another organism such as plants, insects, bacteria, or even humans. GMOs are different than crossbreeding in that crossbreeding takes two like organisms and naturally fuses the genes together, but GMOs take two unlike organisms and artificially force the DNA from one organism to another. Genetically Modified Organisms make up roughly eighty percent of all processed foods in grocery stores across America, and most people consume some form of a GMO every day without their awareness. GMOs should be banned or at least clearly labeled in the United States because of the harmful effects they have on the human body and the environment. The environment is a crucial part of human life; however, GMOs may be negatively affecting the environment permanently. Crops are being injected with genes that give them the ability to repel insects. In a recent study, scientists found that pollinators, such as bees, are being affected by this new transgenic crop (Anderson 29). When the bees were given a sugar solution containing the same ‘insect repellent’ gene found in transgenic crops, they began having difficulty in learning to distinguish different smells of flowers. In a Scottish research experiment, researchers found that species higher up on the food chain can also be affected by insect repellent genes (Anderson 29). Female ladybirds were…

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