Monsanto Pros And Cons

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“The introduction of genetically modified foods tampers with the essence of life in an experiment with an unknown outcome.” There are many who see genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as immoral and are skeptical about any positive side effects that might come from the cultivation of GMOs. This leads to the question of how we will feed our ever expanding population. By 2050 the world population will have grown well beyond nine billion, a giant increase from the 7 billion that are living now. The upcoming upsurge in population will not be accompanied by an increase in arable land – instead it is the opposite. Between 2002 and 2012, more than 70 million acres of farm land was lost, and future harsh conditions will only exacerbate this problem. …show more content…
Monsanto is seen as an overbearing monolithic enterprise whose interests include making as much money as possible without any thought to potential consequences. The opponents of genetically modified organisms argue against the use of GMOs using three main assertions: GMOs pose an environmental hazard, there are potential human health risks, and that GMO promoting corporations tend to be the largest recipients of American agricultural subsidies – thus harming society both physically and economically. While many anti-GMO organizations tend to be relatively small and fragmented, at times there are countries that participate in similar anti-GMO sentiment. In 2011, Hungary mandated that all seeds had to be checked for genetic modification before being placed onto the market. From 2011 to 2015, Hungary destroyed thousands of fields of genetically modified corn in order to demonstrate their hostile feelings towards GMOs and Monsanto in particular. They stated that the genetically modified corn’s pollen could have spread to affect other plants – a valid anxiety of many GMO skeptics. Some of these advocacy groups demand that the FDA at least require genetically modified products to be labelled – a move that many other countries have taken. They believe that the consumer should be able to choose whether or not they want to consume genetically modified organisms. This brings up a related question: Are some people afraid of genetically modified products solely because they do not understand how GMOs are made or even what they are? Are GMOs as harmful as their opponents make them out to be, or is foreign jargon getting in the way of

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