Mathiew Doyle. Mrs. Mercer. Honors Freshman Lit. 15 February
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Honors Freshman Lit
15 February 2017
Going Pro for GMOs
"We have the whole government working against us." "They don 't want Americans to figure out that these could be causing health issues, that they haven 't been tested, and they are increasing pesticide and herbicide use"(Chien) claims Food Babe blogger Vani Hari. Opponents of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), led by a brigade of popular TV show hosts and online bloggers, claim that they are unhealthy, unsafe, and untested. GMOs are needed within the growing population because of their ability to increase crop yields, their ability to improve nutrition levels of foods, to cure hunger, and to eradicate diseases.
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They did so by adding a strand of the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis into the cotton’s deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)(Genetically Engineered). Monsanto’s most valuable consumer of Bt cotton is China. Even though Bt cotton is expensive, it still has lowered China’s cotton production fees by 14%. Before Bt cotton, Bollworms were capable of eating entire cotton crops, which also affected China’s textile industry. (“Genetically Engineered”). This is only one example of how GMOs can reduce pesticide use, and make crops available to countries who struggle with pests and do not have the monetary capability to purchase pesticide and herbicide.
GMOs are extremely effective in increasing crop yields a tremendous amount. One good example of this is the green revolution, which took place during the 1960s and 1970. During this time, farmers started using hybrid seeds and pesticides far more heavily than ever before. Biologist Paul Ehrlich predicted that by the 1970s, the US will have stopped sending India food aid, and that hundreds of millions of people will have died of hunger. The hybrid seeds, between 1970 and 1995, improved production speeds by two-thirds, and saved an estimated billion people from starvation. The use of