Genetically Modified Organisms

Chelsea Cox 4th period

Do GMO's help resolve the problems related to agriculture and food?

The use of GMOs is one of the most controversial topics in discussions concerning the future of farming. For some people, generic engineering seems to represent a sort of "silver bullet" for most of the problems related to agriculture, such as the climate crisis and food security. At the same time, others see GMOs as a menace, a technology that does not maintain its promises, and that even represents a threat to humans and the natural environment.

What are GMO's...

    A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process of taking genes from one species and inserting them into another in an attempt to obtain a desired trait or characteristic, hence they are also known as transgenic organisms.

What is our alternative?

Crop breeding, which produces traits through the organism’s reproductive process; and agroecological farm management, which optimizes the performance of the entire system of biophysical components in contrast to the industrial strategy of optimizing the output of a crop, one system component, by intensive use of purchased inputs.

Global consumer point of view...

Majority of adults 37% say that eating GM foods is generally safe, while 57% say they believe it is unsafe. Most are skeptical about the scientific understanding of the effects of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on health. About 67% of adults say scientists do not clearly understand the health effects of GM crops; 28% say scientists have a clear understanding of this. About half of U.S. adults report that they always 25% or sometimes 25% look to see if products are genetically modified when they are food shopping. Some 31% say they never look for such labels and 17% say they do not often look.