Negtive Effects of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOS) Essay

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Food, food, food, is what our American culture revolves around. Supposedly biotechnology has been used to make “improvements” in our food, from the fast food industry to our local grocery store. This has gone largely unnoticed by the general public. Maybe you’ve heard of a GMO? These supposedly improved, genetically modified organisms aren’t very beneficial to our bodies at all, but the FDA wouldn’t want us to notice that. GMOS include alfalfa, corn, flax, rice, sugar beets, yellow summer squash, canola, cotton, papaya, soy, zucchini and wheat. What are GMOS exactly? According to the Non-GMO Project they are, ”“genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also …show more content…

These weeds are then sprayed by farmers with very toxic chemicals which run off into rivers, water systems, and other resources. One thing about the resources that GMOS provides is that it makes it more efficient to produce them because they create bigger more bountiful harvests and crops. That fact should not be seen as a good thing since we know how harmful the GMOs are to our bodies. Since there is such a huge amount of crops produced, they end up in 80% of the foods in our grocery stores. These foods vary from Cheez-its to tomatoes to coffee creamer.
GMOs haven’t always been in the foods that we eat, there is a time line for these things. Before the 1900s gatherers found food from plants in nature, which were completely natural and farmers would save seeds from their previously produced crops, then plant them. During that time people began using yeast and the process of fermentation to alter foods a bit, plus research had barely begun on the breeding process of food. Once the 1900s began there was a sort of breakthrough in science over in Europe with Gregor Mendel’s genetic theory on how to alter or manipulate plants. He figured out how to cross one plant with another to make a new plant with whatever characteristics he wanted it to have. Following that, the next big discovery came from Francis Crick and James Watson in 1953. They discovered the three dimensional double helix structure of DNA. It showed scientist how to look at genes

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