How Does GMO Affect The Environment

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To accurately understand the effects of GMO’s on the environment, it is important to first understand what a GMO is and how it changes the identity of the organism. A GMO is a genetically modified organism, this means that the genes of one specific organism are extracted and implanted into a new organism, or that the DNA has been altered and modified (live science). According to conventional breeding, we know that the parents of the individual both give half of the genetic material within the individual. Yet within genetically modified organisms, one or more specifically selected genes are added into the preexisting genetic material of the individual.
According to LiveScience.com, an example of a genetically modified organism would be taking
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As people become more informed through the media, concerns have been brought up in a variety of areas such as human health, economics, and legal protection of withstanding organisms’ gene sequences. Though there is an increased interest in organic lifestyles, the United States remains a large supporter of GMOs in food. (galegroup science)
The use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is one that has become very abundant and controversial recently. They are used with idea in mind that crops will have a longer shelf life once they reach stored, no longer appeal to animals around the farms that would normally eat them, and bigger, better crops overall. However, due to the high content of non-organic chemicals there is concerns with health, costs, and the environment is association with GMO
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Dr. Shiva, whose expertise was referenced multiple times in “The Economic Argument Against GMOs: A Top Ten List,” is an author of the book Earth Democracy, and is a trained physicist. In part of the article discussed above, Dr. Shiva shed light on the health aspect of the use of GMOs. There is a section in the article where she pointed out the link between cancer and GMO infused crops. She said that in India you can map out exactly where GMOs are heavily used, and where cancer rates are the highest. While this is not a confirmed association, it can be assumed with other background knowledge of GMOs that this is an accurate link. Another issue discussed and one that can possibly be associated with the issue previously discussed, is that there is really no way of knowing if the food produced by GMOs are safe because those who are testing them are the GMO companies themselves. With all of this being said, GMO companies are also selling their products in a manipulative and almost monopolizing manor, but also in a way that blindly appeals to the farmers. While they claim more yield-which is the crop itself, on the packaging, the products ultimately reduce output, which is the total growth of the plant. Because of so many harsh chemicals being infused in crops and soil, they start to kill the beneficial bacterias in the soil and crops themselves. Of course to help with this, the GMO companies have created yet

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