GMO's Are the Future of Agriculture
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Good Economic Effects
Genetically modified organisms are theorized to reduce production costs due to reduced chemical and mechanical needs in planting, maintenance, and harvest. Conceivably, this savings could in turn be passed on to the consumer. The most obvious benefits to consumers are the nutrition implications. The biotechnology of gene splicing allows for the opportunity of creating plants that will produce food that is more nutrient dense. This is the case with a product termed “Golden Rice,” which contains beta carotene, a source of vitamin A and iron. Rice is a dietary staple in most developing countries. These are the same countries that suffer from high rates of childhood blindness and maternal anemia. Iron and vitamin A have been identified to prevent or treat maternal anemia and blindness, respectively. Research efforts are underway to identify other ways to increase efficiency and productivity of our food sources, thus allowing us to prevent diseases and feed the growing population as well. GMO's are also more nutritious than normal crops. GMO's also need less herbicides and pesticides. GMO's also have less waste than normal crops. There is also a higher yield possible.