The Pros And Cons Of Genetically Modified Foods

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GMO’s or genetically modified organisms have started to change the way people produce food all around the world today. In 1977 this new technology was invented, but in 2010 GMO’s have undergone enormous advancements in technology. The idea of producing food which has had its genetics altered is unsettling to people and because of this has made the use of these new products highly controversial to not only Americans, but to the entire world. A form of a GMO that has already been produced are Tomatoes with genes from fish to make tomatoes resistant to colder temperatures. Adding these genes to certain foods will be crucial for the future of the human race. The world’s population is expecting to double by 2050, and with the world’s amount of …show more content…
The new soil microbe, Agrobacterium tumefaciens, had first been tested for the production of crops to alter their genetic code to make them resistant to certain insects and herbicides. It wasn’t until 1994 that the first genetically engineered foods had hit the shelves of grocery stores. Immediately there were two sides to the idea of the new genetically altered tomato plants, those for the new food and those against. There had been an immediate backlash from the consumers against the new food stating that their wasn’t enough research being done, proving the food was safe to eat. Currently the use of GMOs has become almost an essential part of farming in today’s society. “According to data from the US department of Agriculture 's Economic Research service, fields planted with genetically engineered cotton (herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant cotton) reached 96 percent of the total cotton acreage in 2014” (Warhol 3). Still today there is no regulation on GMOs in the U.S, and labels are also not required to show if the food has been genetically modified. Research has been done to test for negative effects of the crops, but so far there hasn’t been a reliable study showing potential negative side effects to the new …show more content…
Since farming began 2000 years ago the idea of using crops with desired traits has always been a common practise, but with new advancements in technology scientists can make their own desired traits in a short period of time. Although there haven 't been many scientific studies made to prove the possible side effects of these new genetically modified crops, their is a huge need for GMOs worldwide. With benefits ranging from millions of lives of children in third world countries to your own family not having to worry about having enough food to live off of. GMOs are a new technology with capabilities of producing enough food to keep up with the world 's food supply, and with the world population exceeding rapidly, genetically modifying foods is a necessity for the expanding human

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