Negative Consequences Of Gmos

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Genetically Modified Organisms or GMO’s are a huge topic in today’s world. Although GMO’s have been around for the last few decades, it hasn’t been until recently that people are more concerned about the possible negative consequences/effects. GMO’s are organisms that are altered through genetic engineering so the DNA of the organism has one or more new genes when produced. This usually increases the quality and/or quantity of a product/organism and a few other factors. Many people are concerned on whether or not GMOs are actually beneficial for society, and are questioning if big corporations such as Monsanto should continue pushing genetically modified crops and animals to our people. GMO’s are particularly concerning to society due to the …show more content…
Although genetic engineering can increase yields of crops and animals, changing a gene within a plant or animal can lead to toxic or allergenic proteins being produced in the organism. Throughout many studies done by scientist and researchers, it’s proven that growing and producing GMO’s in America is increasing the risk of cancer and multiple health problems throughout our nation. In the United States, over 10% of all dairy cows are injected with a chemical hormone called rBGH, yet in places such as Canada and Europe, rBGH injections into cows are totally banned. That’s really saying something about U.S. regulations dealing with GMO’s especially since this particular chemical has been proven to have potential cancer hazards in lab test done on rats and the United Nations food standards body has refused to certify this chemical as safe (Cummins, 83). Why would the United States allow these type of chemicals to be included in our food sources when numerous test show possible risk and countless other countries have shown disapproval? Worldwide, over 25% of GE crops have bt proteins incorporated which have been found harmful to non-target organisms (Ching, 5). Along with things such as rBGH being widely used in our meat sources, Roundup or glyphosate is widely used in a majority of our crops and food in America today which is also found to have multiple risk of resistance to antibiotics, pesticides, and vaccines. …show more content…
Once this happens, it can’t be reversed. Genetic pollution can lead to negative effects on the environment, and on the farmers’ lives. In a study done about Starlink, which is a leading corn producer, genetic pollution is a big problem. Released by an Independent Science Panel study in The Case for a GM-Free Sustainable World, “High levels of contamination have since been found in Canada. In a test of 33 certified seed stocks, 32 were found contaminated” (Ching, 5). Farmers who were once planting and eating organic crops, may now unknowingly be producing genetically engineered crops which can result in crops being resistant to herbicides which lead back to the issue of production, and super viruses and unknown pest. While the rate of contamination is a big concern, this issue that arises is that it can drastically alter and destroy entire

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