Definition of Genetically Modified Crops (GMOs)
Before I go more in depth about the pros and cons of genetically modified crops, let me first give a definition of what genetically modified crops are.
Genetically modified crops (often abbreviated as GMOs) are simply crops, whose genetical material has been modified. There are two ways to do this:
- Traditional selection and breeding (much like breeding animals),
- Modern, scientific modification of the crops.
In this article, my strengths and weaknesses of genetically modified crops list will deal with the second, the scientific effects and applications.
Process of Genetically Modifying Crops
As the scope of this article is not to describe the detailed process of how GMOs are modified, I will just very briefly describe it.
First and foremost the genetic material of the two or more crops whose genetic property or properties will be mixed has to be fully mapped. The phrase "genetic mapping" means to have a full and exhaustive recorded knowledge of the genes, and the sequence of genes of the genetically mapped organism(s).
When each of the genes (and their functions) of the particular crops have been identified, they are then separated in a science lab. These genes are then cloned and injected into the sequence of genes embryonic form (sometimes to stem cells) of the recipient crop. Finally the seed of the modified crop is planted and grown in greenhouses through traditional methods.
Advantages of GMOs
- More informed customers, because they need to make more informed decisions in regard to nutrition, agriculture and science.
Disadvantages of GMOs
- Harm to other organisms. For example genes and their effect included in a crop may turn out to be poisonous to insects (monarch butterfly poisoned by GMO corns).
- Taste of GMOs are not as good or "natural".
- Less pesticide is needed to be used due to insect pest resistant plants.
- Cross-pollination with traditional, organic plants. Cross pollination can occur at quite large distances. New genes may also be included in the offspring of the traditional, organic crops miles away. This makes it difficult to distinguish which crop field is organic, and which is not, posing a problem to the proper labeling of non-GMO food products.
- More economically friendly as pesticides do not go into the air, soil, and water (especially freshwater supplies). Their production hazards to the environment also decreases.
- Decrease in costs of growing and farming, due to the reduced use of pesticides.
- Spread of new, more resistant "super weeds
- Higher crop yields.
- Spread of new, more resistant "super pests".
- Farmers have more income, which they could spend on such things as, for example, the education of their children.
- Major trading countries that obtain most of the benefit from the production and trade of genetically modified crops. This might cause more geopolitical conflicts.
- Less deforestation needed to feed the worlds growing population (UN projections say that the world population will reach 8.15 billion compared to 6.18 billion in year 2000). This decreases carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which in turn slows global warming.
- New trade, tariff and quota issues may arise between countries, regions.
- Decrease in food prices due to lower costs and higher yield. As people in poor countries spend over half of their income on food alone, lower food prices mean an automatic reduction of poverty.
- Critics say GMOs may cause health problems.
- Less starvation in the world due to decreased food prices.
- More nutritious. This has been proven and tested many times.
- As the USA is the biggest producer of GMO crops, their exports may rouse more anti-American feeling, due to “Americanization” worldwide.
- Possible damages to the environment.
- Rigorous testing of ALL GMO crops and products. This makes GMOs much safer than organic (the traditional) crops.
- Possible greed of GMO manufacturing firms.
- Unharmonized test-, and safety standards around the world.
- ALL GMOs that are sold in the market, due to the strict tests. If the slightest chance of health hazard, a GMO is NOT allowed to enter the markets.
- GMOs are made because it is possible to make them, not because consumers feel their need.
- Strict and very complex standards that GMOs have to fully meet.
- More thoroughly understood crops due to the rigorous testing.
- Possible creation of new kinds of weapons; genetic food and beverage weapons.
- Scientific development of agriculture, health and related sciences due to the better understanding of the products. For example, the development of new medicines.
- Additional costs of labeling whether products are GMOs or not. This might increase costs of foods.
- Creation of “super foods” due to better knowledge. Super foods are types of food that are cheap to produce, grow fast in large quantities, highly nutritious.
- Widening corporate size gaps between food producing giants and smaller ones. This might cause a consolidation in the market: fewer competitors increase the risk of oligopolies, which might increase food prices.
- Larger companies might have more political power. They might be able to influence safety and health standards (example: less stringent regulations, standards and requirements).
- New products. For examples, scientist identified the gene responsible for caffeine in coffee beans; by excluding this gene, decaffeinated coffee beans can be grown naturally.
- Reduction of sicknesses and illnesses, as GMO crops are more nutritious. Vitamins and minerals can be provided to children and to people, where they were inaccessible before (i.e.: the world’s poorest and/or most secluded areas).
- Activists’ increased ability to boycott and influence food market, food retailing, and food prices.
- Unforeseen risks and dangers due to the complexity of nature.
- Allergies may become more intense, and also, new allergy types may develop.
- Developments of new kinds of crops that can be grown at extreme climates, for example, dry or freezing environments (like deserts). For example, scientist developed a type of tomato that grows in salty soil.
- Reduction of world starvation due to increased production.
- Discrepancies in information flow. GMO producers stress the benefits, but are reluctant to talk about risks and dangers.
- As more crops (plants) can be grown and at more places, this decreases global warming through the increase of oxygen in the environment, decreasing the proportion of carbon dioxide. Two British economists note in a study that GM crops have also made significant contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by over 10 million tonnes. This is equivalent to removing five million cars from the road every year. In effect this means that people would have to choose between growing GMOs and giving up their vehicles.
- Many Nobel Prize winners and prominent scientists support genetically modified crop research and production.
- Enhancement of the taste of food.
- Enhancement of the quality of food.
- Beside humans, livestock and animals are also beneficiaries to the higher nutritious value of GMO crops. They have an increased resistance, productivity, and hardiness.
- Enhancement of the smell of food.
- Decrease of maturation time of the plants, so they can be harvested sooner and more often during the year.
- With time, possible customization of food to meet personal preferences.
- Enhancement of the size of food.
- Higher resistance to diseases.
- Less processing needed in factories.
- Less factory additives needed.
- GMO crops last longer. This decreases the amount of wasted crops and foods.
- Reduced energy needs to produce GMO crops.
- Less machinery requirements.
- Due to reduced costs of production, prices can be further reduced.
- Production of friendly bioherbicides and bioinsecticides through genetic engineering.
- Genetically modified plant - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Genetic engineering - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Transgenesis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- U.S. Department of Agriculture Home Page . Home Page
- U S Food and Drug Administration Home Page
Home Page for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Less labor requirements.
- Experts estimate more than 1 trillion meals containing ingredients from biotech crops have been consumed over the last decade with no reliable documentation of any food safety issues for people or animals.
- Genetically modified foods and crops are recognized by experts and regulatory authorities worldwide as being as safe as crops and foods.
- People who are opposed to GMOs are not the farmers themselves, but people who can afford to buy food.
- The needs of some consumers for GMO-free products lead to non-GMO labeling issues.
More Resources on Genetically Modified Crops
athira on August 22, 2016:
tank you it helped me to take seminar
why on March 15, 2016:
note that there are around 1 milli9on disadvantages but only one advantage. I smell a lot of bias
Rhona on October 19, 2015:
Helped me with my science homework thankyou
JESTEN ARNOLD MUTASA MHLANGA on March 26, 2015:
AFTER NINE YEARS OF TALKS, COMESA HAD PRODUCED A DRAFT POLICY ON GENETIC KNOWLEDGE, YET YOU ARE SAYING THAT IT IS STILL NEW AND LITTLE RE4SEARCHEDM TO BE ALLOWED FOR PUBLIC USE. I THINK YOU ARE MAD ANYWHERE. IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO USE YOUR BRAIN.
Regina on March 20, 2015:
I support GMO's.
Well firstly I do not understand your advantage point, secondly your article is very one sided if I may say so, why even mention advantages in your case? And then, which consumer of food (which is everybody that lives, just so by the way) would be against more produce of food, if produce had to be grown organically there would not be enough food to feed the world, are you willing to stop eating just to have organic food?
pramodgokhale from Pune( India) on January 07, 2015:
In India we are engaged in controversies and in some states cotton yield was more than traditional one by using GM seeds.
This has become sensitive when BT Brunjal was brought to India for cultivation and some states banned it and some allowed to to grow it.
we need to wait for success and failure of it.
solar captain on November 14, 2014:
Many countries have banned gmo as unsafe and in Russia it is a terrorist act to import them. Read up on the dangers. There are 2700 research papers which prove they are dangerous. In the US monsanto has paid dick cheney to forbid labeling of gmo. Dont eat corn or any corn syrup product. Causes infertility, stomach problems from insecticides. Within the corn. It ruins the soil and has low nutritional value.
aamina on November 09, 2014:
importance of genetics for agriculture field
Ruan on November 09, 2014:
I love the way how
Hendrika from Pretoria, South Africa on October 28, 2014:
All very interesting but I am also not convinced yet that GMO food is safe. The problems are now beginning to surface and what do you expect? If mere humans start meddling with nature to such an extend it cannot be certain that it is safe until proven not only in testes but by years and years of tests. I do not what to be the one on which it is tested.
juanjerixrokz98 on October 13, 2014:
whers an adavntage when you need one thyere saying about customers
Jyoti Kothari from Jaipur on October 01, 2014:
An exhaustive list of pros and cons that helps knowing GOM better. Thanks for a nice hub. Rated up and beautiful.
abc on April 27, 2014:
very even argument here...
Unknown on April 10, 2014:
To every aspect of life there is bad and good. Just like in medicine, each and every medicine has its effectiveness and its side effects. you achieve a relief while something else deteriorates.
A on March 04, 2014:
I personally do not support GMO's as they have less diversity than organic foods. This can cause problems as although they may grow well in certain conditions when one aspect changes they plants cannot cope. Even with all the advantages many affects are still unknown and should stick to testing. Good explanation however it is a bit one sided.
Dolphindr90 on March 02, 2014:
The information in this article is inaccurate. Pesticides do in fact get into the water supplies through rain and runoff. Also, pesticides do go into the air. They can travel on the wind from a GMO farm and onto a Non-GMO farm, thus making the Non-GMO no longer organic.
And finally, the use of GMOs is costly for farmers because they have to spend more money on pesticides because of the super bugs the GMOs have created.
I think you need to do some more research before you post "facts".
Baily on February 25, 2014:
this is very heart touching
ankit on February 10, 2014:
GM food is not for helth so if we compegn of natural or gm food so naturak food has a natural taste we know that it's not harmfull for our enviorment or climat but gm food we know that it will increas demand of product but it dosnt have genuine test we using but we dont know much effect for enviorment or out helth.
unknown source on February 06, 2014:
Ki on February 04, 2014:
Is it really worth having modified food? How many disease outbreaks are we going to have before scientists come up with something that is actually healthy? Scientists aren't going to get it right on the first try. I encourage everyone to watch the movie Monsanto.
gmdood on January 25, 2014:
oooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh on January 23, 2014:
ya i knew this alresdy
ΓΕΩΡΓΙΟΣ on December 28, 2013:
It's a fact, The GMO have the good and the bad option, but we need some years yet to see the results of them, its like mobiles phone...very useful but its a new technologies and may in the future prove to be more harmful for us, than we know now..
Nayan on November 20, 2013:
I am very much pleased to read the advantages of GMOs
clineth jale z. dela cruz on November 11, 2013:
I am so happy that many people and scientist envent this such amazing thing, I am studying the GMO's pictures end photos, even their videos, they did such a good work, even though there are some disadvantages in the situation, it is very important not only today but by the next generation and pass by another generation, wev'e seen our situation today that we are over populated, so without the GMO's our food is not enough to sustain the whole people, It needs GMO's to produce another variety of food and animals.
salman on November 04, 2013:
although GM has some disadvantage but i am sure it will be nesseity tommorow as the worlds population is growing day by day and there is less fertile space left.
anyway the information help me lot
Segerosteve on October 23, 2013:
Hi, I like what I've seen, I'm from Kenya and I would like to grow some GMO potatoes. How do I get the seeds and what's the procedure? Thanks.
Lia on August 09, 2013:
Rosalva Dencklau on July 24, 2013:
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Thank you! A lot of facts.
You explained that very well!.
Kudos. Very plenty of tips!
You actually revealed this very well.
Sanxuary on July 15, 2013:
Numerous Countries have banned them to include most of Europe with Japan being the latest. The pesticides they create actually accumulates in the soil and research in Europe listed it as a reason for falling bee populations and other life. A patented food that does not naturally change with the environment can not evolve with nature and other life forms begin to evolve to defeat the resistance of the modified food groups. GMO' have failed in India and ruined many farmers. Plants are only the beginning and fish is the next big thing. Currently regulations are so loose that a super fish escaping into the environment is only a disaster away. We did not learn much from the killer bee's but maybe the GMO's will stop them?
Dr. Naresh Kumar Vats on June 08, 2013:
It is like meeting of dogs and cats and product of there is bt product which however be intelligent but that product is able to meet with either of animal. Ethically it is not good. on the other hand unlimited children are born by women and continue to bear what will be survival of women, the same will be the condition of earth.
shamna on June 02, 2013:
GMOs have many advantages and disadvantages might not be visible now.
THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE, PEOPLE!!!!!!!
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE LONG RUN?
think you are so funny on May 17, 2013:
this web page is the most uninformative i have ever read so if you are out there get this ;gm crops are the most dangerous thing so iwould like to say that you are trying to ruin their lives by giving all sorts of diseases through making them eat YOUR SAFE GMO
daniel radcliff on May 13, 2013:
not so funny telling false
i myself oppose gm crops
why are u supporting it so much
i believe you are not eating this if so i think u are in trouble
john cena on May 13, 2013:
it is not so informative even though it helped me to do my activity
chipliscili on March 08, 2013:
I used to obtain high on lifestyle however as of late We've piled up a resistance.
chipliscili on March 06, 2013:
My partner and i helpful to obtain at the top of life nevertheless recently We have piled up some sort of opposition.
Umme Habeeba on March 03, 2013:
first of all i like to thank to the author because this article is just a boon for me.it helped me a lot in my seminar.thank you very much.
Louise on February 27, 2013:
Although I agree with GMOs I can't help but feel this argument is very one sided. Would be nice to have an author who was less bias.
sindhushri on February 08, 2013:
its so useful G.M.O for my seminar , thanks
Audrea on December 12, 2012:
I'd would like to thanks to the one who publish this article .. it's a really big contribution to everyone to make them realized that Gmo Are the newfield experimentation of science.. this is a really a big help to my Debate tommorow in our class .. As i am the 1st speaker AFFIRMATIVE Side of Gebetically Modified Organism
Emery on September 12, 2012:
We simply cant go natural do to the expodentially growing population. We need more land, water, and food to feed the populkation as is because we are three times the world capacity. If we went organic there would be mass genocide similar to the holodomer idiot.
jewel on September 03, 2012:
same use of this article for both of us
shamna on September 01, 2012:
thnx . My assignment is comleted
chioma on May 29, 2012:
I like GMO because the advantages is more than the disavantages.
Smply on May 25, 2012:
Yea, simply why can't we go NATURAL to curb all these lifestyle diseases??? Can someone tell me why??? I really support the slogan by G7, simple and straight to the point, "YOUR HEALTH IS YOUR WEALTH, Keep it as HEALTHY as you can".
jewel on April 24, 2012:
First of all I thank the author for publishing such a nice article.I am a student of class 12 and the project which I have selected for biology is "genetically modified organisms".I have searched many other related sites for the same.but all the data which I got were vague but your article gave me a crystal cleared idea about the advantages and disadvantage of GMOs.I am sure that with this article I can complete my project successfully.I hope that this article will be useful in the same way as for me,for my friends and other students of the same age.
So I request you to publish more articles on different topics for students like me.It would be kind of you if you do as above for our benefit.If you publish it in a point wise presentation it will be useful for better understanding and to get a clear cut idea.It is only by such articles that we can complete our assignments successfully.
If I type more you may think I am exaggerating.So now I am concluding my words by once again thanking you
"HOPING FOR MORE SUCH ARTICLES.............,
JEWEL is signing out "
MALADEVANKANA on April 22, 2012:
I FAVOUR GMO. ADVANTAGES ARE MORE IMPRESSING THAN DISADVANTAGES.POINTS ARE VERY CLEAR.MORE ADVANCED THAN MANY OTHER ARTICLES I SEARCHED.VERY USEFUL FOR MY ASSINGMENT
CHADINI on April 22, 2012:
Brianna on April 21, 2012:
Why are people SOOOO STUPID??? GMO's are completely safe and there is NO SIGNIFACNET EVIDENCE about everything people say against them! Look at the BIOLOGY.
OH NO! How DARE people make foods MORE NUTRITIOUS! SCIENTISTS ARE OBVIOUSLY TRYING TO HURT EVERYBODY.
I hope those dumb enough to believe GMO's are bad can undertsnad my use of sarcasm.
edel on April 12, 2012:
This is the U.S. so we all have are opinions and choices and should continue to be entitled to them. However, the last time I checked it is not the corporate right wing that are keeping children in third world countries from going blind eating vitamin enriched A rice, instead they continue to monopolize the market and continue to put American farmers out of business. If you are to lazy to research this just start by watching Food Inc. It is the democratic hippies and smaller agencies that contribute the most to third world country aid. So go install another gun rack on your rust bucket!
sam on April 10, 2012:
GM foods actually aren't feeding the poor either. In fact, its making it more impossible. The reason being that GM foods are pricey, and it enlarges the line between the rich and poor. Whereas the poor cannot afford the food more.
v on March 24, 2012:
how are gmos healthier than organic? gmos have antibiotics in them to keep away germs...what if you keep eating gmos and your body finally becomes immune to them? then you get sick, buy some antibiotics and exect it to work and then there is no useful result because your body is resistant to anitibiotics!! gmos also have the potential of giving you cancer. once the chemicals enter your blood and build up, they can go to any part of your body and ruin it. stick to organic food...its safer
by the way, the advantages are redundant and mostly based off opinion
organic and natural food taste WAY better
Jessica on March 18, 2012:
Advantage: Enhancement of the taste of food.
Disadvantage: Taste of GMOs are not as good or "natural".
mary crix on February 28, 2012:
Charlotte on January 31, 2012:
I disagree with GMO hahahahahaha
KimmiS from Vancouver, Canada on January 16, 2012:
There would be plenty of food in the world if 80% of it was not going to feed livestock. To eat that 2nd hand protein, we are using up most of our grain, corn, fish and water to feed the livestock and then get only a fraction of the nutrition back out as food. Plus a bunch of waste product. The world has enough food, we are just wasting it.
Anti.G on January 05, 2012:
Also crops themselves are terrible monocultures if we expect to feed people. You till fourth species of grass to plant one; regardless if it's some organic, natural, rare, etc. type of grain.
And even if it's organic, the second you move plants to markets, those nutrients leave the soil, and you need organic, polluting Argentinean nitrates to bring it back, among other things.
And copper sulphate is bad. Bad. Its organic, and it actually slowly kills the plants it protects; ei apples from root fungus. And it doesn't leave the soil.
Anti.G on January 05, 2012:
And the supersede thing is just bad. Crops are bad weeds, and making them resist pests or herbicides inst going to let them rule the world. Kudzu is organic, and if I was to pick a candidate for " most likely to kill us all" it would be that stuff if we allowed it to spread further than it already has. Same with cape ivy. Panic if it's organic
Anti.G on January 05, 2012:
Also the monarch butterfly thing with the "killer pollen" was quietly disproven some years ago... They force fed the caterpillars BT pollen; it's actually avoided when found on milkweed leaves.
ND ag guy on December 15, 2011:
If some of you out there really think that "organic" food is the best option instead of conventional practices or GMO's...wow! You have been most definitely mis-led...just because it says organic doesn't me that it doesn't have a chemical put on it or fertilizer...and actually, some of the said "organic" chemicals are way worse for you than the chemicals we have today on the market...There is a place for GM crops...Look at the population explosion in the world...How the hell are we supposed to feed all of those people with fewer farmers and fewer acres? If you have the answer to that you have it figured out way better than I do or anyone else in the world does.
Uzbekistan on November 29, 2011:
I support GMF
Lt. Camicazi on November 14, 2011:
look without GMCs some people would be worse off.
Lets get that cleared up
john on November 10, 2011:
i am also against in GM foods.
Scholar Kat on November 08, 2011:
I beleive people need to become informed for any advances in genetically modified food. There are some people that only talk based on little snipets they heard, not the whole story. Their ignorance can be rather annoying because they don't know what they talk about.
There are others who do their research, learn about all the technical terms and understand what the issue is. These people are better to listen to becauase they understand what they are saying.
I beleive that genetically modified food can help because it will allow more produce yeild without taking up as much space and time. Due to this, we can feed more people, which will help since the population is increasing rapidly. In order for a copromise, labels should be placed on food that is genetically modified. Then it is up to the consumer on what they put in their body. The labels will also help give information, as long as the company complies. If the company doesn't, well that's a legal matter.
I believe that genetically modified food should be researched more to enable further advances that will help the population and economy.
G on October 12, 2011:
FROM MY LAST NOTE, I WOULD LIKE TO ADD.......
DEMAND LABELING OF GMO "FOODS" and then AVOID BUYING THEM, unless you don't mind being part of monsanto's experiment. For those who don't know, monsanto is the company who put into our society things like DDT, PCBs, Roundup killer spray, agent orange that they used in Viet Nam, as well as experimented on US soldiers without their knowledge. ARE YOU GOING TO TRUST A CORPORATION LIKE THAT WITH WHAT YOU EAT???????????? Support locally grown food, organically grown products (what you can afford), look at what you do eat and pick healthier choices while eliminating processed foods with tons of additives and food colorings and "natural flavors", high fructose corn syrup and other fake sugars like aspartame-poison, nutrasweet, equal, etc. gmos have already been detected in so-called natural cereals like kashi (they sold out to big corp., so with that goes food quality, unfortunately in many cases. Know what you are eating and remember that your health is your wealth. Keep it as healthy as you can.
G on October 12, 2011:
Just because Monsanto puts herbicide INTO the DNA of plants to prevent pests from ruining their crops, as well as SPRAYING these pseudo crops (they aren't food as nature intended) with even more pesticides, then sure, no repercussions, right? Are you people that deluded?
It's already been PROVEN that gmo-fed sheep, pigs, have had higher rates of miscarriages, intestinal problems, and death amongst those who have ingested these poisons. Are our gastrointestinal tracts all that different? Are we so invincible to poisons? It also has been proven that lab mice, fed these gmo "foods" have had mutations in their litters, even with second generation mice doing weird things like having hair growth IN THEIR MOUTHS. Would you like to wake up to THAT or other nightmares like these?
GMOs are POISONS and were only allowed to exist because supreme court judge clarence thomas (a former monsanto attorney, by the way) pushed to OK the patenting of dna. SOOOOOOOOOOO, there goes the green light for monsanto to experiment on life to poison other life.
Are you still thinking gmos are a good idea???????? Humans have rarely ever IF EVER, come up with anything better than nature offers us. If anything, the hand of humans have messed up quite a lot. LET'S GET OFF THIS DOWNWARD SPIRAL, FOLKS. Grown your own (and hope the chemical trail planes don't poison your area; that's another topic you all can look up) and DEMAND THE LABELING OF GMOs in FOODS.
D4rk 4c3 on October 12, 2011:
If scientists could completely understand GMO and perfect it, i feel that it could really prove the solution to many global problems. GMO will also eventually become necessary due to the growing population. Is it possible to perfect it?
Maira on October 09, 2011:
Hey should I use Csanad for citation? when did u publish this? thanks
Jazz on October 05, 2011:
nice article man and Jess every body knows that
mk on October 04, 2011:
i suppose they dont hurt
Csanad (author) from Budapest, Hungary on September 26, 2011:
GMO is simply "Genetically Modified".
Jess on September 13, 2011:
ok i'm guessing Genetically Modified organism but anyway...
Jess on September 13, 2011:
what does GMO's stand for?
Isn't genetically modified crops GMC?
Csanad (author) from Budapest, Hungary on August 18, 2011:
Lt. Hippyh8er: please use proper language.
I admit, I am more lenient towards supporting GMO, than being against it.
Lt. Hippyh8er on August 17, 2011:
GO EAT A DICK YOU GODAMN HIPPIES!!!
GMC ARE FEEDING THE WORLD, INCLUDING THE STARVING IN AFRICA AND INDIA!!!
I REPEAT, GO EAT A DICK YOU GODAMN HIPPIES!!!
HJ on July 20, 2011:
The advantages are repetitive.
I think Monsanto and the other big companies messing with millions of years of evolution are just playing God, which has never worked well for anyone. Besides, the use of GMOs hasn't reduced the amount of fertilizer and pesticides we use at all. And even if these modified plants were better, isn't it just begging for a massive bioterrorist attack?
We need to think long term. Mass-produced soybeans might be good for feeding us now, but it is depleting the soil. And corn to feed livestock is great for cheap meat, but it is causing terrible health problems, in people and the animals.
As a closing thought, there is a GM type of salmon that can eat corn. How would a wild salmon ever get corn to eat? Can anything that different from what nature intended really be good for us?
Marissa on June 08, 2011:
Personally after reading up on GMO, I think that is ok. Comparing the pros and cons the pros seem more effective than any of the cons. The disadvantages seem like they’re just superstitious people and are basing their accusations on pure opinions with no proof at all to confirm anything.
superwags from UK on March 04, 2011:
I have ti say I disagree with the poster above. I think that the disadvantages have been rather overstated. Points like "more expensive because of more labelling" and "could lead people to invent weapons from them" are rather spurious to say the least!
I think it's fine for us in the west to sit and make things up about GM and sing the praises about organic food. However, where GM is likely to be most beneficial; the developing world, our constant pressure to stop GM spreading could cost lives. We don't want to be resposible for agricultural imperialism.
If you want to be "scientific" then paste a few scientific journals of GM studies. Metanalyses in particular.
If we modified rice to contain vitamin A, for instance, we could save around 100,000 people in the third world from going blind each year. Think about that before your next outburst of scientifically unfounded outrage about GM.
L on October 27, 2010:
the wording is SO biased!! The pros of this article are repetitive and it hardly does justice to the disadvantages. The best you can come up with is risk of food developed as weapons? What? Instead, how about risks of monocultures? It is lacking a lot of big issues. Not scientific.
Randolf on June 22, 2010:
so there are more benefit than its disadvantages but this invention of gmo its also not good for our health so i consider it as a bad substances.
So if you are a good person you must prevent the spreading of gmo because maybe in the future many people will die in this gmo.
randolf on June 22, 2010:
oh so what can i do to prevent the spreading of G.M.O
Steve on June 19, 2010:
Completely biased article! Just in format alone it looks biased, despite what is said, go back to tech-writing school.
Jacob on May 06, 2010:
The opinion poll is inherently misleading, I support the research of GMOs but the consumption of said products is premature and currently detrimental to the health of people and animals.
dumb on November 27, 2009:
yupi on October 15, 2009:
ohh man im dead:(
someonewhoknows from south and west of canada,north of ohio on July 25, 2009:
glyphosate environmentalists friend or fraud ?
111jh1vji1hui1 on July 24, 2009: