Genetically Modified Organisms

The Future of Agriculture

Introduction

Genetically Modified Organisms are plants that are enhanced by mixing strands of DNA of two organisms that would not regularly mate to create a hardier, higher yielding crop.

GMOs and Your Health

GMOS will have been proven to have health benefits. They have longer shelf lives and can be kept fresh longer compared to regular crops that spoil quickly. With GM plants, producers can enhance certain nutrients and minerals. They are also grown using fewer pesticides and fertilizers, which means less chemicals in the consumer's system.

GMOs and Farmers

Farmers, as well as consumers, greatly benefit from GMOs. GMOs can be engineered to be resistant to pesticides and Insects, which, in the long run is a highly desirable quality. Instead of wasting entire fields of possible produce because of insect attacks, farmers save money, effort, and time.

GMOs and Nature

Today in the United States, 970 million tons of pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals. However, GM crops greatly reduce the need and in turn, the use of chemicals on our fields.


For those who argue that GMOs are not natural, GMO advocates have an answer. GMOs are not unnatural; they simply follow the path of evolution.

GM Company Restrictions

Biotech companies are very careful about the crops they sell. After all, they will be held liable for any discrepancies. These companies are evaluated by 3 separate government firms before being allowed to release the crop. As a result, ALL GMOs are safe; they have to be to be sold.

GM Crops and The World's Population

The Green Revolution, which occurred in the 20th century, is commonly accredited with saving the lives of many in less developed countries who would have died of starvation. GM crops played a huge role in this.

Bibliography: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/harvest/exist/arguments.html