Gmo, The Labeling Of Gmos And The Controversy Surrounding Gmos

1073 Words Apr 8th, 2015 5 Pages
Introduction Imagine, if you will, something that can protect our food from pests. Something that saves our water resources by watering our crops less. Imagine something that allows us to feed more people and grow more food. This, among many other things, is what the GMOs claim to fame is. What actually is a GMO? In recent years the conversation about this topic has increased significantly for good or ill. We hear amazing things about GMOs, all the potential benefits for mankind and our food. Conversely, we hear very negative things about GMOs and how it adversely affects our food and the people eating these foods. What is the truth? What do the facts says, and what is the world doing about GMOs? This paper will discuss what a GMO is, the labeling of GMOs and the controversies surrounding GMOs. These three topics will lead to a better understanding of the GMO debate.
What is a GMO? What is a GMO? GMO stands for genetically modified organism. This is a process in a laboratory where genes are taken from one species and artificially put into another, usually an unrelated species genes. This is done through what is called genetic engineering or GE. Crops can be genetically engineered to withstand applications of herbicide and insecticide. Some crops are even modified to produce insecticide. “Genetic engineers seek plant resistance to the effects wrought by weeds, insect pests, plant diseases, droughts, and floods. One of the most common examples of GM crops is Bt corn, or…

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