The Benefits Of Genetically Modified Organisms

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Introduction and Social Relevance
Our economy is ever-growing and evolving, this can be problematic for the agricultural crops that will have difficulty providing the world as the demand for food increases. Genetic modification is the use of biotechnology techniques to change the genes of an organism (AGRIC, 2015)
In Australia unless the Australian Gene Technology Regulator has concluded the Genetically Modified Organism, abbreviated as GMO is safe to human health as well as the environment it is not allowed to be handled. Other countries have similar regulators for GMO. 
Genetically engineering agricultural crops should be implemented as quickly as possible as it comes with various benefits for example it would result in lower prices and higher
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In the same way that our DNA changes as we get older, the DNA of plants is constantly changing and if these genes are deliberately manipulated and changed within the cell, it would lead to the outcome that is desired. 
Many GMO’s are modified and can be to be more pest resistant in order to reduce the use of pesticides along with this it would also reduce the amount of herbicides. Genetically modified crops would also be able to have bigger yields to create more efficient use of land. (UC) Also to add onto this due to the less chemicals as well as machinery and land needed, GMO provides a lot of environmental benefits. There are many viruses, fungi and bacteria that cause plant diseases. (Whitman, 2000) Genetically modified crops can create disease resistances to prevent this as well as resistances and tolerances to various other things such as cold or drugs. 
Along with this genetically modified organisms can also be made to be more nutritious. For example, the golden rice is a strain of rice created through genetic engineering by bio-synthesizing beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A in parts of the rice.
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Yet there are many challenges ahead for GMO’s such as international policies, the government and regulation and even food labeling. Genetically modified organisms are an interesting issue, however issues are rarely in black and white; my opinion on the matter is that genetically engineered agricultural crops and the technology in regards to that topic should be implemented as soon as possible, though we should still be somewhat cautious to avoid any harm to humans as well as the

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