Benefits Of Genetically Modified Organisms

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Jerome Lane October 5, 2014 MMS 333 Public Relations and Marketing Prof. Carney GMO Pro-Con Assignment Introduction Created by splicing genes, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) are organisms formed from biotechnology techniques (Millis, 2006). Many people have recently become concerned by the rising popularity of the GMO products. The central debate which has attracted controversy is whether the GMOs are beneficial or rather harmful to humankind. The embracement of GMOs as part of us has attracted as much support as criticisms (Marris, 2001). This paper, therefore, seeks to put into perspective, the both sides of the debate and come to a conclusion regarding the issue. Benefits of Genetically Modified Organisms Over the years, the…show more content…
Besides providing resistance to harsh environmental conditions for crops, GMOs are a means to ensure nutrition throughout the world. GMOs will change the lives of many of the less fortunate for the better. Drawbacks of Genetically Modified Organisms Genetically modified foods adversely affect our health. The consumption of these foods increases the risk of contracting diseases such as cancer. The genetically altered foods contain harmful toxins that have adverse effects on people’s health (Tourte, 2003). Some of the notable effects that have been identified include; increased allergic reactions, antibiotic resistant bacteria as well as other toxic hazards. The allergic reactions come as a result of genetic modification which often requires mixing or addition of proteins that are non-indigenous to the animal or plant. According to Millis (2006), potential intestinal damage is also another risk that has been associated with genetically modified foods. Studies conducted on animal have indicated altered internal cell structures, unusual tumor growth as well as sudden death of specimen. There is a risk of permanent damage to the environment when plants are grown or livestock kept in conditions that generally wouldn’t support them (Andow et al., 2008). Bacteria have also become stronger due to the use of have also resulted from plants and animals which are bacteria-resistant. Herbicide resistant weeds can result
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