Pros And Cons Of Genetically Modified Food

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With a population of 7 billion, Earth doesn’t have enough space and farmers to feed everyone, let alone the estimated population of 9 billion come 2050. Scientists are attempting to solve this hunger issue by creating genetically modified food, which is capable of growing in harsh conditions, has more nutritional benefits, and its production can lead to a lower food price. These genetically modified organisms (GMO) don’t come without problems though. Growing of GMOs can cause environmental damage and has led to an increase in the number of allergic reactions in the general population. The benefits of genetically modified food are greatly appreciated around the world. GMOs can grow in harsher conditions, allowing more food to be grown around …show more content…
In order to produce food for 7 billion people, farmers have to exhaust their fields, use the latest pesticides, and hope their crops grow large and plentiful. Even then, food is still in high demand and the prices are up. Genetically modified food allows food to be grown in the exhausted land and other locations previously deemed unfit for agriculture. By allowing more area to be used for growing, more food can be produced. In economics, when supply goes up and demand stays constant, prices go down (Shifts Shown Graphically, 2006). Therefore, prices of food go down. Genetically modified food has helped keep the price of staple crops lower by as much as 15% to 30% (Bailey, 2014). When prices of food lower, more people are able to afford it. They are also able to afford more than just staple foods like rice. This leads to a more diverse diet, allowing people to get all the essential fatty acids, like omega-3, and vitamins. By having a more diverse diet, fewer people will develop hunger and diet related illnesses. The more people that can afford food, the lower the number of starvation deaths in developing countries will be. Genetically modified food has thousands of benefits, but some of the most important ones contribute to ending world hunger through increased production, nutritional benefits, and lowered

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