The Pros And Cons Of Genetically Modified Animals

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Register to read the introduction… In India, “thousands of sheep buffalo, and goats… died after grazing on Bt cotton plants”(GMO Dangers 1). In North America, farmers have reported that after feeding their pigs GM corn, the pigs had low conception rates, became sterile, or had false pregnancies. After eating GM corn, twelve cows died in Germany. Also, “other cows in the herd developed a mysterious illness and had to be killed” (The Good, Bad and Ugly about GMOs 5). Rats fed Bt corn “showed significant changes in their blood cells, livers, and kidneys”(The Good, Bad and Ugly about GMOs 5). Mice that have ingested genetically modified corn and soy have had fewer and smaller offspring and exhibited traces of toxicity in their immune system. The question remains: how will GMO’s affect …show more content…
Genetically modified crops and herbicides used to grow them harm animals and ecosystems. For instance, GMOs reduce “biodiversity, pollute water resources, and are unsustainable” (10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs 2). One example is the 50% population drop of monarch butterflies in the US. Research shows that this is because of the use of the Roundup herbicide. Because of GM crop seeds cross pollination, farmers who choose to grow organic and non-GMO crops “struggle to keep their crops pure” (10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs 1). Money being used on research on genetically modified crops can be much better spent for “more safe, reliable, and appropriate technologies” (10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs …show more content…
A study conducted by the Union of Concerned Scientists concluded that “GMOs do not, on average, increase yields at all” (10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs 2). In fact, they also concluded that “...GMOs have nothing to offer the goals of reducing hunger and poverty, improving nutrition, health and rural livelihoods” (10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs 2). Companies like Monsanto that use GMOs want us to believe that GMOs are safe and part of our future. The position that supports GM crops does not consider the health of consumers in the long-term and how other animals will be affected. For these reasons, I strongly disagree with the use of GMOs. Biotech companies make GMOs seem to be good for us. But when you consider the harmful effects, GMOs definitely do more harm than good. These GMOs affect our health as consumers and they do not only affect humans, but also animals. We, as consumers, are like guinea pigs in a worldwide, dangerous

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