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Erika JohnsonFollow

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Kutztown University

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Colleen Clemens

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Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), are a highly debated topic among society today. The argument as to whether they should be used for consumption appears to lie in the crossfire of safe vs. non-safe. On one side, lie those who appear to shrivel up when the word is only mentioned. On the other, lie those who believe in the good that can come from genetically modifying foods, merely hoping to keep up with the demand of an ever-growing world. While GMOs will not feed the entirety of those hungry in the world, it is a small step towards a greater cause. Foods that are genetically modified are being used by farmers in harsh environments where they may not otherwise grow. Higher yields of food product have also been a result of genetic modification, as well as the resistance to certain pesticides, fungi, and bugs. There is even research being done in which certain genetically modified foods may be resistant to droughts. If there were a less negative stigma surrounding GMOs, perhaps then would society be able to see that genetically modified organisms are a step forward, not backward.

Keywords: genetically modified organisms, pesticides, DNA, resistant

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Genetically Modified Organisms: Are they really so bad?

Kutztown University

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), are a highly debated topic among society today. The argument as to whether they should be used for consumption appears to lie in the crossfire of safe vs. non-safe. On one side, lie those who appear to shrivel up when the word is only mentioned. On the other, lie those who believe in the good that can come from genetically modifying foods, merely hoping to keep up with the demand of an ever-growing world. While GMOs will not feed the entirety of those hungry in the world, it is a small step towards a greater cause. Foods that are genetically modified are being used by farmers in harsh environments where they may not otherwise grow. Higher yields of food product have also been a result of genetic modification, as well as the resistance to certain pesticides, fungi, and bugs. There is even research being done in which certain genetically modified foods may be resistant to droughts. If there were a less negative stigma surrounding GMOs, perhaps then would society be able to see that genetically modified organisms are a step forward, not backward.

Keywords: genetically modified organisms, pesticides, DNA, resistant

 

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