GMO foods: Helpful or Harmful?

“The term GM foods or GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) is most commonly used to refer to crop plants created for human or animal consumption using the latest molecular biology techniques. These plants have been modified in the laboratory to enhance desired traits such as increased resistance to herbicides or improved nutritional content.” (http://www.csa.com/discoveryguides/gmfood/overview.php)

Examples of GMOs:
-soybeans
-tomatoes
-golden rice
-sugar cane

Advantages of GMOs:
-pest and herbicide resistant: farmers won’t have to use so much pest resistants on these GMOs, resulting in more appreciation for the food.
-nutrition-rich
-pharmaceuticals: some of GMOs contain edible vaccines, which are obviously cheaper than form clinics

Disadvantages of GMOs:
-causes Allergies
-unknown effect on human health

I think that GMOs are generally acceptable in society. They give people a cheaper and relatively healthier alternative to regular foods. On the whole, with the exception of possible allergenicity, scientists believe that GM foods do not present a risk to human health. This is one of the major factors which made me decide that GMOs are OK and safe to eat.

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~ by Kenners on January 17, 2012.

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