Genetically Modified Organisms And Human Health

1503 Words Nov 16th, 2015 7 Pages
Over the past few decades the production of genetically modified organisms has become more and more commonplace. Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are created by artificially inserting the genes from one organism into another, in order to create a desired protein in the new organism. In the USA it is estimated that over 70% of processed foods found in grocery stores has been in some way genetically modified (Center For Food Safety). Due to limited experimentation and research however, many are unsure about how GMOs affect human health. While the long term effects of genetically modified organisms in humans are yet to be seen, most scientists agree that GMOs are generally safe for human consumption. Genetically modified foods and organisms can help improve human health by increasing crop production, limiting the use of harmful chemicals, and treating diseases. Genetically modified organisms are already benefitting humans now, and will be key to sustaining human health in the future. One of the main uses of GMOs is to increase crop production and nutrition around the world. GMOs could help fight world hunger by solving one of the main problems behind it, fertilizer. Many poor farmers around the world cannot afford to buy fertilizer for their crops, which leads to malnourished soil and slower crop production. This in turn can lead to smaller harvests and more people starving in these areas. Recently, scientists have been working to solve this issue. Giles Oldroyd leads…
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