The Benefits of Genetically Modified Foods

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------ The Benefits of Genetically Modified Foods ------ Today, 91% of major plant varieties grown in the U.S. have been created in a lab. (Center for Food Safety) These plants are genetically modified (GM), and while often ignored by the public, have generated much controversy over their effects on health, the environment, and the economy. First grown in the 1990s, GM foods have had their genes modified to produce desirable traits, such as herbicide resistance and protection from pests. This is done by splicing genes from another organism with desirable traits into a different seed. For example, traits from a plant rich with nutrients could be inserted into another seed, giving that plant more nutrients than it would normally would have. This technology is often harshly criticized across the media as being harmful to people's health and damaging to the environment. However, many of these claims are incorrect or based on incomplete evidence. These foods actually have many benefits, including increasing yield size, reducing pesticide use, cutting carbon emissions, making meat production more sustainable, and making our food nutrient rich and have less saturated fats. Overall, genetically modified foods benefit the economy, the environment, and the world's health. Today, genetically modified foods benefit the economy and the environment by increasing yield size while using less pesticides and releasing less carbon dioxide. A 2010 report published by PG Economics stated that "In 2010, the world's corn crop was 31 million tons larger and the soybean crop 14 millions tons larger than it would have been without the use of biotech crops." Therefore, using GM crops increases food production. Not only does this make it easier to feed the world, it also benefits the economy. If GM foods were not grown, less food would be available, increasing the cost of
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