Reasons For Genetically Modified Organisms

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Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs, as they are more commonly referred to, over the past 40 years have slowly become an integral part of society. A GMO is a “an organism or microorganism whose genetic material has been altered by means of genetic engineering” (Stoub 2015). Mainly, GMOs are used in the agricultural field specifically in the area involving the production of high demand crops. Because GMOs facilitate the growing of popular crops, they have been dubbed as a saving grace that will end world hunger. Society has expressed a wide range of opinions regarding GMOs. There are some firm believers in the goodness of GMOs, however, a large fraction of society does not support GMOs, and will also refuse to buy GM foods. A reason why …show more content…
The allergy concern sparks because there is gene escape that occurs when GMOs are engineered. Gene escape occurs when a seed is engineered, and an unwanted gene is transferred to the product seed from the genetical composition of the engineering seed. The significance of this is that now there is a new gene/characteristic in the food that wasn 't precent before. This gene that is now newly present in the food can potentially cause food allergies that were not existent before. “Up to 20% of Americans have a perceived food allergy” and this number has only increased since GM foods became more popular and readily available (Buchanan, 2001). This health concern is a major reason why GMOs should not be used. Toying with the genetic makeup of certain foods and crops has caused new genes to be added to them which in turn have caused allergies to develop which were not present before. Without GMOs these allergies would not be present; therefore the overall health of society would be …show more content…
Mainly, GMO farming poses a threat on biodiversity. Agriculture is a “significant environmental management factor”(LÖveI, 2001). When agriculture is altered, especially at the large scale in which GMOs alter agriculture results in serious consequences for biodiversity. Additionally, due to gene escape, some of these seeds are developing higher resistance to herbicide. In consequence this can effect wildlife population due to the fact that animals who depended on weed as part of their diets will now need to turn to other plants and flowers to compensate for this lack causing a decline in the population of these plants. Long term these negative effects that GMO planting has on biodiversity will cause severe environmental

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