Gmos Are Safe And Healthy For Humans

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What’s really in our food? The fact is many of our foods contain chemicals and genes not originally in the organism, making them Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). GMOs were made legal in the U.S. in 1995, and in 2010, 10 percent of the world’s farm land was being used for GMO agriculture (genetically modified organism 1). The use of GMOs has increased the productivity of agriculture, by increasing yield, requiring less pesticides, and making crops immune to pesticides to increase pest control ability. However, there are questions as to whether GMOs are safe and healthy for humans to consume. Similar questions about whether these foods should be labeled have also been raised. The debate on GMOs has various perspectives both for and…show more content…
This makes up the argument of whether or not GMOs should even be used, but there are also questions as to what kind of labeling should be required on products containing or not containing GMOs. On one side, people for the labeling of GMO foods believe that consumers have the right to know exactly what is in their food. While on the other side, those against the labeling believe that it will cause unnecessary worry, and they are safe enough not to worry about labeling them. In this paper, I will explain all four perspectives I have mentioned from an objective point of view. In many people’s opinion, the benefits of GMOs far outweigh the risks. There are many reasons why people support the use of GMOs in food, that include both productivity and health benefits with little risk. First of all, GMO crops are considerably more productive than traditional crops. “The Dutch Centre for Agriculture and Environment” found that GM soybeans on average, used one tenth less pesticides than conventional soybeans (Phips-Park 4). This is not only a benefit to productivity, but also a benefit to the environment. If less pesticides are used it limits the risk of potentially harmful pesticides ending up where they shouldn’t be, which will help the environment (Gupta 2). Another reason people support GMOs is because of the numerous health benefits. Fungal toxins are problem faced by the agriculture industry including fumonisin that cause deadly diseases to both people and
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