Genetically Modified Organisms
What are GMO's/GMF's?
Benefits of GMF's
- Resilience to extreme temperatures
- Protection against herbicides and other diseases that kills crops
- Steady crop output to feed a growing population
- Modifying to contain certain vital nutrients and vitamins
Risks of GMF's
- There has been unintended damage to other species. Many GMF's are engineered to resist weedkillers, which in turn eliminates the habitats of many organisms like monarch butterflies.
- Farmers are attempting to combat the newly pesticide resistant insects with even more pesticides. Similar to antibiotic resistance, the more pesticides that are used on an organism, the more resistant pests are becoming.
Human Health Risks:
- Although scientists have concluded that there is no immediate after eating a GMF, they are still unsure of the long term effects.
- A Canadian study has concluded that the increase in GMF's has been linked to toxins found in the blood of pregnant women and their fetuses.
Should GMF's be labeled?
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