Gmos Essay

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Should We Avoid Genetically Modified Foods? Ever since genetically modified foods have hit the market, there has always been the question of whether or not they are more harmful than they are beneficial, and whether or not we should avoid them. Genetically modified foods (also called genetically modified organisms or GMOs) are defined by the University of Maryland Medical Center as follows: “Genetically engineered foods have had foreign genes (genes from other plants or animals) inserted into their genetic codes.” GMOs can be uncertain when it comes to the health and safety of the environment as well as of people. It would be safer if everyone avoided GMOs altogether. Some researchers, however, may argue that GMOs are good for both people and the environment. As quoted by someone who has worked with the US Department of Agriculture, “Overall, the review finds that currently commercialized GE crops have reduced the impacts of agriculture on biodiversity, through enhanced adoption of conservation tillage practices, reduction of insecticide use, and use of more environmentally benign herbicides. Increasing yields also alleviate pressure to convert additional land into agricultural use”, some research has stated that GMOs do benefit the environment; however, there is very little factual proof of this, hence the uncertainty of the safety of genetically modified foods. The Center For Food Safety’s website states, “A number of studies over the past decade have revealed that genetically engineered foods can pose serious risks to farmers, human health, domesticated animals, wildlife, and the environment. Despite these long-term and wide-ranging risks, Congress has yet to pass a single law intended to manage them responsibly”. This means that studies have been done and have proved that the effect of GMOs can be harmful to the environment. The

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