Monday, September 14, 2015


GMOs: Good or Bad? You Decide

Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs, are a growing part of our food industry that has caused much controversy. According to the World Health Organization, genetically modified organisms are plants, animals, or organisms that have had their genetic material altered in a way that does not occur naturally by mating and/or natural recombination. The main reason for GMO use in agriculture is for increased yields in production for our growing population. An example of GMO use includes corn injected with DNA from soil bacteria that is immune to specific pesticides that in turn makes the corn immune to these pesticides that otherwise destroy the crop. This type of corn is called RoundUp Ready Corn and is engineered by Monsanto.
One of the main reasons for speculation is the lack of research done on this way of production. Because GMOs have only been on the market for around 30 years the abundance of research that would show the negative effects of GMOs on the human body is low. Many wonder if GMOs will have similar effects as DTE and be discovered as extremely harmful. Currently, the only concerns by the World Health Organization are the possible allergies to genetically modified products, if the antibiotic resistant genes in some GMOs will transfer to the human body, and the migration of genes from GMO crops to conventional crops. As of now, WHO has not found any allergic effects relative to GM foods. However, they do encourage producers to not use antibiotic resistant genes due to the lack of current knowledge on the effects. Nevertheless, all GM foods on the market today have all passed safety tests.
There is much contemplation on whether or not GMOs will be the future for the food industry and for feeding our growing population. Before you make your opinions on the matter please be sure to do your research on the advantages and the drawbacks. Then make your own conclusion on whether or not GMOs are the answer for your lifestyle.

Written by Morgan Froebe, Intern for the Public Trust Law.

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