It’S Likely That You See Them Every Day, And Even Eat Them

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It’s likely that you see them every day, and even eat them – still, hearing the words Genetically Modified Organism, or GMO, causes a feeling of uneasiness with most consumers. Much of society seems to think of genetically modified organisms as a completely unnatural and twisted presence in nature. However, the presence of GMOs has led to groundbreaking discoveries that are offering solutions to many of humanity’s biggest issues. We all know that food is crucial to human existence. Therefore, each and every one of us rely on sustainable agriculture. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs released an article titled “World Population Projected to Reach 9.6 Billion by 2050 – UN Report” that claimed our population will …show more content…

al). GMOs able to be used in a variety of different facets of agriculture and can be of great benefit to fight world hunger and malnutrition, as well as help sustain our environment. Anna-Karin Kolseth, Tina D’Hertefeldt, Maren Emmerich, Flavio Forabosco, Stefan Marklund, Tanya E. Cheeke, Sara Hallin, and Martin Weih authored an article titled "Influence of Genetically Modified Organisms on Agro-ecosystem Processes” for the 2015 edition of Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment. In said article, the authors explain that with the current problems of loss of biodiversity and limited arable lands, biotech crops contribute to a sustainable intensification strategy that allows productivity to be increased on the current 1.5 billion hectares of global crop land. Therefore, forests and biodiversity are able to be preserved. As with conventional crops, the technology also should be used together with proper farming practices such as rotations and resistance management (Kolseth).
The Flavr Savr tomato, the first commercially marketed GM crop (genetically modified crop), was created in 1992 by Calgene, a California company. The company’s researchers were able to inhibit a gene that produces a protein that makes

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