What is bad about GMOs? GMOs can keep contaminating the environment for as long as they are used. They do this when the plants pollinate and their seeds travel through the air and spread over a wide range of area. They say that it is impossible to get rid of all the seeds that a GM plant produces because they will always keep pollinating. When plants pollinate their seeds will fly into the air and yes they may go places they are not supposed too. They may also go and mix with other plants that could make a better stronger plant type that could help us in the future.
Herbicide use. Another way that GM plants can harm the planet is by making the plants herbicide tolerant. What this means is that the plants are resistance to herbicides that a farmer many spray onto the field to kill any and all bad weeds that are growing in the field. When crops are sprayed with herbicide to kill weeds some weeds may over time become resistance to the herbicide. Once a weed becomes resistance to a herbicide the farmer will then make the decision to put a stronger herbicide on to try and kill the weed. When the farmer does this then there will be more chemicals that can seep into the soil and spread around.
Health. Doctors are being urged to start prescribing non-GMO diets to their patients that want to start dieting. They claim that they can cause long term damage on our bodies and organs. They also say that the insecticides that are put into the crops to withstand herbicides can transfer into our human body. Researchers say that allergies and health problems have increased since GM products were introduced in the late 90’s.
My opinion on these topics is that I would agree on some of these problems. That's only because I have actually seen them be a problem in person. Other reasons I’m not really for sure if I totally agree that they are a problem but they could very well be a problem. Many people have many different opinions on these topics, but my is still that GMOs are safe to use and eat in our daily lives.
Why are GMOs good? There are many reason that GMOs can be good and there is some cases where they can be bad. I’m only going to talk about the good today. So one of the main reasons that GMOS are good is because they have had tons of research done. When I say research I mean that people have taken the time to test and see if they are actually safe for human consumption. They also spend time testing to see if they are safe for animals to eat. What researchers usually test for is to see if there is any hazardous chemical that are still inside the products that could potentially harm humans if they were to eat them. Researchers also test to see if these genetically modified products will have nay harm on the soil that they grow in so future plans won’t have a problem to grow.
Another way that GMO are good is because they help produce more food than what has been produced before. With the expansion of crop production and with it still growing farmers are able to feed more people on smaller land. This helps both the producer and the customer in many ways. One of the major reasons it helps the producer is the farmer is able to take a smaller piece of land and produce enough of the crop that he is planting to not only feed his own family but many other families. It also plays a big role for farmers that produce and feed livestock. They may spend more money on good animals and have less land to produce the food for these animals on so they need more crops but only have a small piece of land to do it on. The way it helps the consumer is by making it easier to get food and genetically modified products because there would be more of them.
Not only are GMOs good because they produce more crops in a smaller area and that they have had tons of research done to them but they also help make food more nutritious. This can have many benefits to it. Like if a person dieting for a certain reason they can eat a certain kind of food that is going to help them get more nutrition and become healthier. With the extensive research that has been done there are also ways that genetically modified products can be more tasteful for both humans and animals. This can help with some foods that may be naturally filled with nutritious goods but maybe they don’t taste as good but now they have a chance to taste better so people can get more nutrition in their daily lives. For animals this will help them be able to produce better meat with different types of gene mixing in different plants so the producer will be able to make a bigger and better profit. Y to eat genetically
In my opinion I believe that these reason are a good reason why to eat genetically modified products. With these there are also many more reason that explains why they are good for people and animals alike to eat and consumer on a daily basis. In my opinion if there wasn’t GM products this world may not be able to survive like it is today. That’s why I believe that it is very important that more and more people believe in GMOs and support them so farmers will be able to support the growing demand for people in this world that need to eat on a daily basis.
Who founded GMOs? Herbert Boyer and Stanley Cohen are created with making the first genetically engineered organisms. They made a method to take a gene from one organism and put it into another. The new method made a wide variety of ways that it could be used, but many people started to worry about the impact it would have on human health. In 1975 there was a conference held with many high leaders. They discussed the safety of GMO for three days. The agreement was that GE test could still be ran but under very strict guidelines.
To this day GM products are still being used on a daily basis. They are used for anything from animal feed to human food. This is just another reason for people to believe that GMO products are safe to eat and use in our daily life. Below is a timeline showing how GM products have came to be over the years and some struggles they have had to face.
Pure DNA is isolated and discovered
Grad student from Stanford University Medical School comes up with the idea of rDNA
Lawyers and Doctors have a meeting to set safe guidelines for genetically engineered DNA
First Patent issued, product used to clean up oil spills
First GMO product approved, genetically engineered insulin is on the market
GMO tomatoes are for sale in grocery stores - tomato has longer shelf life
Weeds resistant to GMOs are found in Australia
Labels for any and all GMO products are made mandatory even on animal feed
100 million acres are planted with GM crops worldwide
Caterpillar found feasting on GM cotton - they have become resistant to the chemical the plants give out
Bt toxin found in pregnant women which is passed to her offspring
Farmer sues Monsanto for chemical poisoning that was caused by one of their pesticides
Monsanto patent ends, New product called ROundup ready 2 in made