Genetically Modifiied Organisms

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What Are Genetically Modified Organisms?

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are plants created with a special gene that increases the benefits of the product. GMOs can be used to make crops with improved yields, taste, size, texture, and other attributes. Scientists and farmers team up to make organisms that are better for farmers, consumers, and the environment.

How Do Farmers Benefit From Biotechnology in GMOs?

The plants created by scientists help farmers with the planting in their farms. Harvests are improved, pesticide and herbicide usage is decreased, and land degradation is reduced. In addition, crops become resistible to weeds and diseases because of the genes added. This leads to more high quality food for the farmers to sell.

How Do You Know GMOs are Good For You?

Scientists spend lots of time researching the qualities and conditions of new crops. Each genetically modified organism is compared to it's regular kind to see what benefits it produces in the long run. Crops are also tested for any diseases, toxicity, or allergens that might have come up. GMOs go through approval by three federal government agencies' approval before being used. The Department of Agriculture makes sure the crops are safe to plant. The Environmental Protection Agency ensures that the product does not harm the environment. The Food and Drugs Administration guarantees that plants are safe to eat. The amount of research and testing put into GMOs surpasses any other type of plant.

GMOs are also very beneficial to people's health. Scientists change crops to improve plant conditions for consumption. Plants will grow larger and last longer if they are genetically modified. Reduction of pesticides also leads to less toxic plants. Many GMOs are created to increase nutrition. GMOs are the perfect way to reduce malnutrition in most less developed countries. Scientists are even working on things such as eatable vaccines which wouyld be mixed into crops to make things cheaper and easier to transport. GMOs are also the only way there is going to be enough plants to keep up with the growing population. GMOs are proving Thomas Malthus' theories wrong by being able to grow crops just as fast as the population increases.

How Are GMOs Good for the Environment?

Scientists are continuously working on GMOs to make them cleaner and safer for the environment. A major factors to this is the reduction of use of chemicals in pesticides and herbicides. This prevents chemicals being consumed by people and wildlife, as well as the prevention of chemicals seeping into irrigation systems. Scientists have also created areas called buffer zones, areas with non-genetically modified organisms to avoid creation of superbugs or superbacteria.