!!! G M O

Hello, observer. Welcome to my blog. As an interpreter and distributor of environmental information for all, I am supposed to assume that you don’t know anything about GMOs. GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. This means that a scientist in a cubicle compiled different genes into one specific gene to give it a few special abilities. Nevertheless, they do make quite a difference in our lives, and the lives of farmers. I will now separate the goods from the bads below.

GMO comparison chart

GMO comparison chart

Although GMOs are outlawed in England, they can be amazing and completely necessary in different ways. For example, some GMO’s help preserve a food, giving it the ability to endure harsh temperatures and time spans. Many GMOs contain vitamins that are difficult to obtain in capsules, giving people extra nutrition that they didn’t know they were receiving. There are also other GMOs that destroy preventable diseases when consumed, and act as pesticides. In a way, the world needs genetically modified plants in order to continue with normal daily life. Otherwise, people today would have to have another system set up to consume these vitamins and vaccines.

On the contrary, there are genes that sometimes cause allergic reactions. This can be urgent to some, and simply nonexistent to others. Also, it causes uncertainty—when consumers are allergic to a spliced gene, they may not be allergic to the food itself, thus resulting in the consumer believing that they are allergic to the food. In one case, a corn farming company called “starlink” used a GMO involving crinine c, causing billions of people to suffer allergic reactions worldwide. Also, this produced long-term economic damages: it took billions of dollars to remove starlink from the market, because it was widely relied on.

Economically, GMOs can be damaging. They are only developed in laboratories that sponsor, or are affiliated with more wealthy farming organizations. Family-owned businesses that don’t have as much money may be overlooked, and may eventually go out of business. Though people usually prefer foods with the “organic” label, smaller businesses have a harder time spreading their word in the first place, leaving them stranded for the most part. More people will naturally buy GMOs unknowingly, leaving the worldwide family businesses stranded, with a significantly lower amount of profit.

GMO envirobenefits

GMO envirobenefits

In the farm, GMOs are efficient. Genetically modified crops on average do not require as much water, sunlight, or fertilizer as organic crops. This saves money for the farmers, as well as time for the future. Soil fertility, and nutrition quality is also enhanced by GMOs.

For the most part, GMOs are unavoidable. The original chemical composition of food products has been modified so much, reproduced, and now has become the norm. They are now everything that reads “organic”. They will also contain vitamin sources and minor vaccines that we will continue to need for the rest of humanity’s timeline. Though under certain circumstances they can be destructive to the economy, we will benefit from GMOs. They are beneficial. They are unavoidable. They are the present and the past.

Sources:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/213053-pros-cons-of-gmo-foods/

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/harvest/exist/

(p. 435-446) environmental textbook

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