Genetically Modified Organisms ( Gmo )

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Genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) are one the most hotly contested topics in the food industry due to the potential affects that they could have on the environment. Most of what the world eats today are GMO’s yet the majority of the population has no idea how GMO’s affect the world around them or the benefits and consequences of GMO’s. For example, sweet potatoes are natural GMO’s that were created around 8,000 years ago. GMO’s could have the potential to solve the upcoming Malthusian catastrophe or be extremely detrimental to the environment. In order to fully understand and utilize GMO’s in the future, people must be informed of the pros and cons that GMO’s could have on the environment and the world.

Many GMO’s can help those that are malnourished in third world countries as well as increase sustainability and food production in both developing and industrialized countries. For example, Golden Rice is genetically modified rice that has been engineered to produce Vitamin A that helps combat Vitamin A deficiency which is one of the leading causes of blindness in children of developing countries. Regular rice is lacking in many vital nutrients, yet is a staple diet in much of Asia (Potrykus, 2000). Regular rice consists of mainly starch and carbohydrates, which contributes to Vitamin A deficiency.
Vitamin A deficiency is most prevalent in South America as well as in some parts of South Asia. In a Golden Rice Project article by Bryce Morris, published in 2006 he
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