Genetic Engineering : Genetically Modified Organisms

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As the world around us is constantly changing and evolving, so is the food we consume on a daily basis. Over the past twenty years, the agriculture industry had been significantly altered with it’s use of genetically modified organisms or GMO’s for short. Genetically modified organisms can be defined as scientists taking DNA from other organisms and altering the current organism with new DNA to produce an organism with genes that would not occur naturally. This technique is called genetic engineering. This process is not to be confused with hybridization or cross-breeding because there are no species related genes when it comes to genetic engineering. The experts from GMO Awareness explains that, “genetic engineering forcefully breaches…show more content…
With high demand of this potato American farmers had to spend millions of dollars a year to keep the natural pests that contaminate the crop. In the 1990’s, scientists introduced a genetically modified potato called TheLeaf potato that contained genes from a tiny bacterium that allowed it to produce a toxin to kill the most threatening pest. This new scientific advance allowed the wall to break between human beings and plants. Although the TheLeaf failed, it brought new advances in genetic engineering that later brought us GMO’s as we know it today. Ever since then genetically modified organisms have quickly emerged on the food market in America and alludes to the overwhelming question is what are the advantages and disadvantages of these genetically modified foods?

Our nation today is divided when it comes to the controversial topic GMO’s. Some people claim that genetically engineered food provides more advantages than disadvantages, while others are demanding all GMO food products to be labeled. The 2014 ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law explains how genetically modified organisms can benefit our society. “Examples of such species are plants that have become resistant to crop destroying pests without the need for chemical pesticides.7 This modem technique is often referred to as bioengineering, and enables farmers to produce greater crop
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