Genetically Modified Organisms

The road to revolution and development

GMO's promise many health benefits!

Not only do they have a longer shelf life, but advocates and scientists have proven that they are better for the health. Such as corn, GM corn has less fungal toxin than corn that has not been GM. On top of this farmers generally use less herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers on GM crop.

GMO will have health benefits all over the world, including starving malnutritioned third world countries. For this scientists have added vitamins and nutrients to the food most commonly eaten, such as rice. Scientists are working on "golden rice" which has added vitamin A, an essential vitamin commonly deprived in kids.

GMO's also help in the medical field. Scientists are working towards inserting vaccines into the crop, saving time energy and money. Otherwise the shipment and distribution of vaccines is to much, but with the new development vaccines will be easier to ship, store, and administer.

GMO's will help struggling farmers!

A major issue on farms, that cause loss of money and crop, are insect pests. But GM crops are altered to resist pests. But not only do these plants resist pests, they allow the farmer to use only one weed killer rather than the dozen varieties they have to use with non-GM crops. Also using a single herbicide reduces land degradation and soil erosion. Because instead of having to plow over the dead plants, farmers can leave them as they are. This prevents farmers from loosing the estimated 25 billion tons of topsoil usually lost from runoff and wind.

Not only will it reduce the amount of pests and weed killers, it will also reduce losses from frost. Scientists have been experimenting by placing anti-freeze genes into tomatoes. But most importantly, GM crops will increase the amount of yield per farm without having to increase farm land size.

GMO's will also help the environment!

The U.S alone sprays 970 million tons of insect and plant killers, posing a major threat for the environment. If the plant can protect itself , then the amount of chemicals used can and will be reduced. Also if it has bears herbicide resistance, than the amount of weed killers used can be significantly reduced. All these needs for plants to be self protected and resist herbicides, can be accomplished through GM crop.

As for the threat of insects adapting to the innovation scientists have created a buffer zone. This gives the pests something to feed on, which reduces the pressure for them to adapt. This buffer zone also deters cross-pollination and gives a place for the harmless, beneficial insects.

GMO's are completely natural!

Many anti-GMO are concerned about the artificial crops. But what they fail to realize is that plants and animals modify themselves all the time, it is the basis of evolution. All broccoli, Brussel sprouts, potatoes, etc. have gone through the same hybridization and genetic breeding, to increase yield, taste and size. GM methods, are more precise and require a shorter time. Instead of cross-breeding two genes GMOs allow the exchange of a single gene between plants.

Farmers that have adapted GMO's have the most promising future to help feed and expand the world population

This GMO innovation is the only way to meet the world's high demands for supply. GM crop prove to be able to boost production on the same amount of land, and even on land that could not be used for conventional farming (salt laden land).

GM companies only maintain crop that has been highly tested and regulated!

Bio-tech firms conduct in-depth analysis, and meet the legally required federal safety standards. Such as protein scientists test it, by feeding animals 1,000 times more protein than the human would ever eat. So not only testing the minimum amount but also going above and beyond. They also test for allergy-inducing potential by compared the chemistry of the protein to 500 different allergens.

Before releasing their crops biotech firms get there crops checked by 3 government agencies. The Department of Agriculture decides if it is safe to grow. The EPA decides if it is safe for the environment and the FDA decides if it is safe to eat.