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The debate of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as they relate to the food supply is an ongoing issue, a nuanced and highly contentious.
Individuals from the medical and scientific fields fall on both sides of the argument, some claims that genetically modified crops are helping to solve issues concerning hunger, environmental sustainability and a solution to an increasing global population, while others believe they’re doing more harm than good.
With studies supporting both sides, many of us asks: What side would we be on? To give a clearer sense of the issues and arguments that surround GMOs, here are the pros and cons of Genetically Modified Organism:
What are the pros of GMOs?
1. GMO products uses less pesticide.
2. Generates more nutricious foods.
3. Increase food supply for growing population.
4. Drought tolerance.
5. Longer produce shelf life.
6. Disease fighting foods that are good for health.
Now, what are the cons?
1. More pesticide resistance.
2. Decreased antibiotec deficiency.
3. GENE transfer into the wild.
4. No studies on long term effects.
5. Bio-tech’s poor track records.
6. Increased herbicide used.
The bottom line is: Consumers concerned about the growing use of GMOs in food products should consider taking a more thorough approach than a blind opposition. Rather than rejecting GMO as a whole, take some time to learn about how genetic engineering works and the benefits it can offer now and in the future as climate change takes an ever greater toll on our food supplies and our growing population changes the ratio of demand and supply of our food consumption.
Consider supporting efforts that result in safe products that represent improvements over the original and focusing opposition on those that are less desirable.