Essay on Gmo, Corn, And Sugar Beets

1106 Words Jun 5th, 2015 5 Pages
Did you know that over 90% of soy, cotton, canola, corn, and sugar beets sold in the United States have been genetically engineered. The most common thing that is different in the genetically engineered versions is they are resistant to to pests. They are either modified to produce a pesticide in their tissues or they are are modified to be resistant to a pesticide like Roundup. Other ways GM plants can be engineered is drought tolerance, disease resistance, be more nutritious, be resistant to hot and cold, and many other traits. Even though there are some pros to GMO 's there are also bad effects. Because of recent advance in technology, GM foods are easier than ever to create but do the negatives outweigh the benefits they can have? (Lallanilla)

Genetically modified crops that are resistant to Roundup will spread that trait to plants that we do not want to be resistant like horseweed. In order to control the super weeds that were created from Roundup resistant crops you have to use chemicals even more powerful and toxic than Roundup like 2,4-D which is proven to cause diseases. This defects the purpose of the GM crop since any chemical besides Roundup will kill the crop with the weed and cause harm to people. If farmers just let the weeds grow they will takeover the field and smother the crop. A study from Michigan State University shows that when the horseweed that is resistant to Roundup is exposed to four times the recommended dose of roundup it does not kill it.…

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