Genetically Modified Organisms

Genetically modified organisms are plants or animals that have been genetically modified. These plants or organisms are usually altered to become the idea of perfect. modifying these organisms can create foods that never rot, or food that is resistant the effects of a drought. Many Americans base their food purchases on whether or not the food is genetically modified. The opinions of these Americans vary from good to bad. Some people think that eating these genetically modified foods will cause them to become sick. Half of the nation has labelled GMO’s as unsafe, and in many places throughout the world there are restrictions on the production and sale of GMO’s. Approximately 80% of the United States’ food contain GMO’s. The most commonly seen GMO’s are cotton, soy, corn, canola, sugar beets, squash, and zucchini. Many of these items are probably in your food pantry at home, they are key ingredients to a lot of foods.  Although this may seem like a difficult thing to avoid, there are lists of foods that are genetically modified listed on many websites. Also, buying organic foods for you and your family is the best way to ensure that you are not going to be consuming any genetically modified foods. These GMO’s impact the environment, as well as the farmers. GMO’s have herbicide tolerance, and are responsible for the outbreak of “super weeds” and “super bugs”, both of which can only be killed by toxic poisons. Since these plants are chemically smart, they will make the farming process quite difficult. Companies that make GMO’s are able to sue farmers whose fields are infested with the GMO’s, even if the GMO’s have just blown over from their neighboring fields. How can you avoid GMO’s? Well, most food products will have it labelled on them whether or not they are containing GMO’s. While most people see GMO’s as a bad thing, there are some people who can see the good in it as well. These plants will be consumed for many years, and they are only improving from this point on.

~SB

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2 thoughts on “Genetically Modified Organisms

  1. Very interesting, never realized how much of our food supply has been modified, definitely going to look into this more.

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