The Good, Bad and Ugly about GMOs

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Many people have clean diets and healthy every day habits. Well, that is what people are led to believe anyway. Unfortunately, these “healthy” choices might be loaded with pesticides that will be ingested on a daily basis. The article “The Good, Bad and Ugly about GMOs” discusses facts about Gentically Modified Organisms and the seriousness of the issue. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are foods produced to meet exact specifications. A plant or animal that has been genetically altered to grow in what are usually tough situations. The positive cases for GMOs are the reduced needs for pesticides, herbicides, less greenhouse emissions, and increased production of foods. These vast amount of crops can be sent to starving third world countries. Modifying foods has gone on for centuries, and these are respectable goals. This brings up the question of what biotechnology is used for, why it is banned in some countries, the overall effects of genetically modified organisms, and why Americans should be concerned. Dr. Pusztai, a safety researcher of 35 years, was given a grant from the UK government to design longitudinal study to test the regulations that were supposed to be part of the European genetically modified food and safety assessment process. “When Pusztai fed rats GM potatoes that were engineered to produce a supposedly safe insecticide called the GNA lectin, all the animals showed pre-cancerous cell growths, smaller livers, brains and testicles, partially atrophies

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