The term GMO is typically used to refer to crops designed for animal or human food, but making them better through biological technologies (Phillips). Genetically modified organisms, also known as GMO’s, have been helping the world try to explore scientific feats. They can help clean up oil-spills (Anderson), or even help a farmer make a little extra money (Lilliston). The question everyone is asking: “Is this really helping us, or not?” People everywhere are debating if these are safe for not only us, but our planet as well. People think that toxins from these modifications could possible pollute our planet and our bodies. (Anderson)
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If we can make plants pest-resistant right in the seed, we wouldn’t need to spray all of these chemicals into the environment (Phillips).
Some things that people don’t understand is that we can modify more than just plants. There are also studies that have been conducted and have allowed for the increased yield in an animal’s carcassing ability as well. For example, salmon have been “rewired” to grow bigger and mature at a faster rate than normal. Also, cattle have been modified to be resistant against mad cow disease.
Another worry with GMOs is that big companies who make these modified organisms will try to sell them for unreasonably high prices. If they do this, the economy would get hurt becomes small farmers would not be able to afford these new creations and keep up with other farmers. If this would happen, big time farmers would take control of everything, and farming would become a monopoly (Phillips).
In a survey conducted by the International Food Information Council (IFIC) in 2007, 33% of 1000 people said that genetically modified organisms would be a benefit to them and their families. In that same survey, 23% didn’t know that genetically modified foods where in the market; only 5% of people said they would change what they bought to protect themselves against GMOs (Phillips).