Genetically Modified Organisms: Pros And Cons In The Agricultural World

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Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), are being heavily debated in the agricultural world. The process of making GMOs is called genetic engineering. GMOs are under a lot of fire for being unsafe and not beneficial to society, but the arguments against them are flawed. GMOs have many benefits to society so regulations for them need to be based on science and knowledge. GMOs are needed to help ease farmers work load, increase yield, and regulations need to be based of real science.
GMOS have been in use, on crops, for around 28 years in the United States alone. Some people still don’t know what GMOs do or what their purpose is: “Genetic engineering alters the properties of plants by moving genes between them or by modifying existing genes; genetic
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The world population is expected to hit 10 billion by mid-century; “global agriculture must grow as much food in the next fifty years as it has produced over the last 10,000 years combined. Not only is that a huge challenge, but agriculture must achieve the feat on less land and with less water” (Blake 4). Increasing the yield of crops is the only way in to achieve this. Using GMOs is the best way to increase yield. “Genetically Modified crops have increased crop yields by an average of 21%” (5 things). Yield of a crop is how much grain that crop produces. So having a good yield is very important to be able to feed a lot of people. If farmers were to get a bad yield, for one their profit would not be satisfactory and if this continued to happen there could eventually be a shortage of …show more content…
The ability to kill the weed the first time while also keeping the crop alive is a big problem. Not only does it increase yield, but also helps decrease the work load for farmers. This ability has become possible through GMOs and regulating them would be adding more work to a farmer’s already busy schedule. Farmers need access to GMOs “If you want farmers to be able to access new technology, which you consider to be desirable you would try to make it accessible to farmers either in terms of pricing or availability” (Lynas 133). By not regulating a farmer’s work load is being

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