Genetically Modified Organisms and their benefits

Potential health benefits

GM foods allow for new nutrients to be added or calorie counts altered. They allow for a healthier lifestyle without changing what people actually eat.

For example, many persons in LDCs lack protein in their diet. GMOs laced with protein can fill a nutritional gap.

Another example is Vitamin A deficiency, killing 2 million children a year. If crops can be made to aid vitamin A production, these can be avoided.

Aiding farmers, big and small

GMOs can be resistant to pests and disease, circumventing yield and therefore profit loss by all farmers which use them. This will not only aide large farms, but also small ones, requiring less labour to protect the plants and less money to buy supplies to do so.

Environmental help

If the plant itself is resistant to disease and pests, then fewer chemicals need to be used. If fewer chemicals are used, then there is a lower impact on the environment. Chemicals can seep into groundwater, poison animals, etc..

Completely natural

In reality, we've been altering the genetic composition of plants and livestock for millennia. From the first farmers, crops have been changing and evolving into what they are now. Agricultural practices promote certain genetic compositions and so natural selection favors those. Now, GMO are simply being altered more rapidly.

World Hunger

GMOs can increase yield per hectare, resulting in quite simply more foodstuffs to feed an ever growing population. Traditional crops simply do not put out enough calories to sustain the entire world, especially with increasing urban lifestyles. Those working in industry or service can not provide food for themselves. So, those little that do make food must make more and more every year.

Completely safe

GM seeds are tested extremely thoroughly. The foods are fed to animals in quantities far exceeding what a human would eat to test for toxicity, production is closely monitored, and symptoms looked for post-production. Besides this, 3 government agencies look at and ensure the food grown is safe for consumption. If this is not enough testing, then nothing is.