Positive And Negative Effects Of GMO

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Genetically modified organism (GMO) is living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering, and they are the source of genetically modified foods that contained corn, soybeans, and sugar beets. Insulin, the typical medication treatment for diabetes, was the first GMO products; rennet, an enzyme that is use to make cheese, is the first approved GMO product for food use. Also, consumers can easily find GMO ingredients in food supplies that use corn, soybeans, and sugar beets. Obviously, this technique reached a great success and is gradually occupying a seat in the market. However, it doesn’t mean that GMO is a reliable and safe technique. Along with its process of development, …show more content…
As these biotech companies became more and more powerful, they just ignored the negative effects that they brought to other farming methods. For instance, there had a huge argument between the GMO and the organic farming:” pollen and seeds from GE crops can drift across fields to nearby organic plants. Contamination can cost organic growers some overseas markets; for example, have rejected organic products when tests showed they carried even trace amounts of GE materials” (Layton). The growing GE crops led to the economic loss of the organic growers, which directly affected the development of organic farming and agro economy. Obviously, it is not easy for the GMO industry to peacefully get along with organic farming. Additionally, “agricultural corporations, including Monsanto and Syngenta, have restricted independent research on their genetically engineered crops. They have often refused to provide independent scientists with seeds, or they’ve set restrictive conditions that severely limit research options”; on the other hand, many people believed that independent research could help to know “how genetically engineered crops perform against other modified crops, traditional crops, approaches such as organic farming and the seeds companies’ promises” (Gurian-Sherman). The limitation of research blocked the development of relation between GMO and other farming methods. Also, it …show more content…
GMO brought many problems, such as biotech companies used GMO as a tool to control the market and farmers who brought their seeds, GM farming ignored the complete and round development of agricultural industry, and GMO could not prove itself as an incredible safe product. Even though there have many people said GMO cut the use of pesticide and help to improve the environment, more and more new researches showed that these ideas are all wrong. Thus, consumers who do not know much about GMO should be careful when buying any products that contain GMO. Also, the government should take responsibility to help people know GMO, set more regulation to ensure the safety of GMO, and supervise the process of technology of developing

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