The Pros And Cons Of Genetically Modified Organisms

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What is a GMO? The GMOs (or “genetically modified organisms”) are organisms that have been created through the process of biotechnology, also called genetic engineering or GE (Non GMO Project, http://www.nongmoproject.org). The author Tamara Thompson explained: “All of these words describe the same thing: taking a gene from one type of organism and adding it to DNA of another in order to introduce a new trait that does not naturally occur in the species.” The objectives of this method depends of the modified organism and its use. For example, an animal can be modified to produce more meat, or a plant can be modified to resist a plague or bacteria. The food industry is the most influenced for all genetically modified organisms. But, who is responsible …show more content…
Monsanto has made false claims that their products are “environmentally friendly.” The herbicides and pesticides such as Glyphosate combined with other chemicals used on plants, can result in contamination of the soil and land. In fact; this chemicals can reach and touch groundwater and can poison much of the natural water supply that is left in the world. At the same time, when groundwater is used as drinking water poses a risk of consumption and endanger the health of plants, animals, and humans alike. Herbicides and pesticides are highly toxic to fish, frog, bird and can kill benignant insects and organisms that preserve an ecological balance. Jennifer Suwayda, in her debate article about pros and cons of genetically modified crops mentioned: The more a pesticide—or in this case a GM crop that produces its own toxins—is used, the more likely insects are to develop a resistance. Insect that become resistant to these toxins are harder to kill. While companies like Monsanto have advised farmers to rotate their crops every year to try and keep resistance at bay, many farmers do not follow these guidelines. As a result, certain GM crops are starting to lose their effectiveness, and resistant super bugs are emerging. This proves that, the use of products to support GMOs is I one way or another killing the planet, when food should be safe for all living …show more content…
Vitamin A deficiency is the number one cause of blindness in millions of children. However, “engineering crops with beta-carotene may not even reduce vitamin A deficiency because alone does not ensure absorption.” (citation) In other words, the body needs to absorb the vitamin A and to do that it is necessary for the body to consume foods that contains zinc, and fats that beta-carotene alone does not provide. An example, of this issue is the “gold rice.” It was named gold rice because of its radiant yellow color. This rice has been genetically modified to provide beta-carotene. Unfortunately, it does not have enough beta-carotene to fight vitamin A deficiency. To be able to reach this goal, it would be necessary to consume great amounts of rice a day. In resume, modifying food is not a practical solution to resolve the world issues. Above all, it is always necessary for our body to have access to vitamins, minerals, and fats from organic products that only mother nature can

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