What is the number one grown GMO crop in the U.S.? Corn. Around 88% of the corn grown in the U.S. is in some way genetically modified. Corn has been modified to make it better for agriculture traits. It also helps resist herbicides and pest. Monsanto was the first company to introduce herbicides resistance corn in 1996 and this is known as Roundup Ready Corn. Another trait that Monsanto introduced was in 2013 and it was drought tolerant trait in a select line of corn. This type of corn was approved by the FDA in 2011.
What is the second most grown GMO crop in the U.S.? Soy. About 93% of soy grown in the U.S. is genetically modified. Soy makes many types of foods including proteins, a vitamin E supplement, and many more items. In 1994 Monsanto first introduced GMO soybeans. Over the years soy has been improved greatly to help improve its products that it makes. Which helps include increasing the amount of many acids which helps make it produce many more products.
What is the third most grown GMO crop in the U.S.? Cottonseed. The USDA says that 94% of cotton grown is genetically modified. Cotton seeds come from the cotton plant. The seeds are used for many types of products including, shortening products, oils, and frying foods. Other uses for cotton seed for the farming industry would include two main types cottonseed meal and cottonseed hulls. Cottonseed meal is made by crushing the oil out of the cotton seed and that parts of the seed that won't fall through the screen are used and mixed into a meal type product. The second kind cottonseed hulls come form the outer covering of the cotton seed. This process takes place before removing the oils.
In my opinion I’m not really surprised to see corn and soybeans at the top of the list. The reason for this is because they both can be used for many different types of products. Not only that but also because that is all I really see being grown around my area, and where there is that much they need to be able to be resistance to many types of things. Including in our expanding world they need to be able to produce more crop so the farmer makes a bigger profit and can feed more people in this expanding world. Considering I wasn’t surprised about the top two it’s the last one, cottonseed. Around here there really isn’t any grown that I know of. I’ve seen cottonseed grown at dairies but other than that I really didn’t know cotton was that big of a product in today's world.
What do farmers think of GMOs? A farmer from Arizona says that GMO crops are a tool for sustainable farming. If there wasn’t GMO crops the cotton farmers in Arizona would not be able to survive. The reason being is that pest were destroying so many crops that farmers were not able to survive. GMO cotton main point of impact is pest resistant. Not only do GMO crops help fight off insects, but also help with weed control, and make farming a triable business. A farmer from Canada notes that farmers care about the environments safety and people's health and that they take the situation very seriously. “As a farmer I would not produce anything that I am not willing to serve my own family.” says Jay
What does the FDA think of GMOs? The FDA treats GM crops just like any other product that they have to inspect. They make sure the GM crops meet the same safety standard as traditional crops. The FDA regulates GM crops just like any other type of product. So considering we are eating GMO made products not only can we assume that they are safe but the FDA deems them safe to eat. The FDA goes through a safety assessment to determine whether or not the new product is safe to eat or not. Cotton corn and soybeans are the most common type of GM crops that are grown.
What do people that think GMOs are not safe think? Some people don’t like GMO because it's not a naturally way to breed a plant. When you inject a gene into a crop you are taking mother nature's way of reproducing out of the equation. Their main concern is health and safety of other people. They don’t think it is safe just because it is genetically engineered.
My opinion on this topic. I really think that GMO are safe. Simply because the FDA and scientists say it is safe. If people spend hours on testing and research and these products are on the store shelves, it has to be safe. Companies wouldn’t be able to sell anything if it wasn’t safe for human consumption. So if people don’t believe that GMOs are safe they just need to realize that many people have been eating GMO products for years and nothing bad has really happened. In conclusion I believe that GMOs are safe.
What is the reason for using GMO’s? There are many reasons that we use GMOs in our daily life. One of the reasons is to make foods more nutritious. They can do it by using Biotechnology to make food more nutritious for livestock and animals. For example they have made a tomato that can produce higher levels higher levels of anthocyanins that has been shown to fight off a wide variety of human disease. GMO made products are also able to have a longer life. Which means the expiration date could be longer and the products can last longer. Not only do GMOs make food more nutritious but also help to reduce the use of pesticides on crops. How this is done is by making the crop’s genes resistant to all sorts of bugs and pesticides.
Thanks to a recent study GMOs are among the most tested products in the U.S. Researchers say that GMO crops are just as safe as crop plants that were modified by using techniques that are conventional. Over the 20 years that GMO products have been consumed by humans there has not been any major health issues. The products have help to make healthier and tastier meals. Studies have also found that GMO crops can be among the best to survive and change to global warming. With many people thinking that global warming is a huge issue more people may start to think that GMOs are safe because they will be able to adapt to it.
So not only are there many reasons to use GMOs but there are also many companies out there investing millions of dollars into research of GMO. For example Monsanto is investing millions of dollars every day into research. Monsanto is investing so much money for the sake of small rural farmers that are really that big. They will help these rural farmers be able to not only put enough food on the table for their families but also be able to make a living. With the growing world population not only will GMO crops help rural farmers survive but also help feed the world one meal at a time.
Everyday people move about there lives do their daily tasks, and throughout that day there is one things that everybody usually does three times. That is eat. Now if it wasn’t for farmers there would not be any food to eat. So with the help of GMO crop there is able to be more food for everyone in the world to eat. Even though people may say that GMOs are not safe to eat, in all reality they are pretty safe. They are among the most tested products in the us, and the FDA deems them safe to eat. That is why we eat them in our everyday life. People can think what they want but when it comes to the facts they lead towards GMOs being safe. So that’s why through this blog I will be trying to convinces people to believe that GMO’s are safe.
What are GMOs? GMOs are genetically modified organisms. This means that any organism is able to be genetically modified in any way. They have many uses in today's world. For example GMOs are used to make many types of medicines, they are also used in scientific research, and also for production other types of products. Today in the U.S. GMOs are one of the main type of crops grown in the U.S. With GMO corn covering 88% and GMO beans being 93%.
When it comes down to deciding wether or not GMOs are safe to eat or not it's all in the facts. Today in the U.S. we grown GMO crops. These crops are used for a wide variety of things including our food. Now take that and consider that we eat food and use products that are made of GMOs. Considering the fact that we are eating and using these products that must mean they are safe. Some people think that they are not safe but everyone has there own opinion.
A few of the main reasons that GMOs are grown for are because, farmers rearrange the genes to make them able to grow more plants in a smaller area. So small farmers are able to grow more crops in a smaller section of fields. They also make the crops tolerant to many different types of insects, bugs, and disease that could affect the crop or could kill it. So this way farmers that have smaller fields to grown crops are able to keep up with the bigger farmers and are also able to make a profit.
In my honest opinion I believe that GMO crops are a good thing. Now there is some farmers out there that grow non-GMO crops and I have nothing against them but I just believe that GMO crops are not harmful nor are they a bade thing. The smaller farmers in America are now able to live better consider they can make a bigger profit on smaller fields.