Genetically Modified Organisms Negatives

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People have been modifying everything around them for as long as humans have edited. Animals, such as dogs, are bred for show and certain types of plants have been grown just for certain traits like the fruit they bear or their appearances. In today 's modern world, genetic modification has improved so much that the DNA of one organism can be inserted into another organism. The use of genetically modified organisms is beneficial to the advancement of human society.
Many types of genetically modified organisms exist today. GMOs contain DNA that is altered from their original, usually to obtain a desirable trait. For example, some organisms contain parts of other organisms ' DNA. Other types of GMOs may be clones and contain the exact same DNA
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Prices for crops are subject to fluctuate according to the market. Regularly grown, non-GMO crops increase in price as its supplies decrease. People in poor, developing nations cannot afford the high prices of food that may constantly fluctuate. Their diets lack many nutrients such as iron, zinc, and other vitamins due to starvation (Walsh). GMOs can help produce more food which will help to stabilize market prices of commodities (Klinkenborg). Organic farmers take advantage of people wanting to buy GM foods by charging a premium (Harmon). Food needs to be grown using smaller areas of land due the Earth having to accommodate the growing human population. Food is predicted to be in high demand in the future due to the world’s ever increasing population which needs to be fed. About 15% of the Earth’s suitable farming land is already being used for farming. Farming efficiency increases with the help of GMOs which means more crops per acre of land (Walsh). Crops are more likely to survive due to genetic engineering. Crops are improved by making the organism less resistant to insects. This has allowed more crops to survive, increasing the yields in China by 6% since 1997. Farmers have also used about 80% less insecticides by growing GMOs. GM plants contain resistance to herbicide plus natural herbicides either artificially or natural present which does not require farmers to use many different herbicides (Walsh). …show more content…
Less pesticide is used with GM crops. Crops are modified to be resistant to a certain herbicide or insecticide. Planting crops such as the Rainbow Papaya in Hawaii have resulted in a decreased use of pesticides (Harmon). After GM crops resistant to certain herbicides, the agricultural industry increased its production by $100 million and saved about 500 million kg of pesticides from being used (Walsh). Farmers don’t have to put in as much time farming using GM crops. They don’t have to spend as much time or waste as much fuel by planting GM plants (Klinkenborg). Plants are genetically modified for traits such as natural pesticide resistance which makes farming easier for mechanized harvesting in large areas of land (“The EU-US…”). Farmers make more of a profit from growing GM plants due to the increased likely hood of plants surviving diseases and sprayings of

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