The Problem Of Genetically Modified Organisms

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Genetically Modified Organisms, also called genetically engineered or transgenic food, may provide a solution to help feed a growing world population, yet the debate surrounding GMOs is a mess. Are genetically modified organisms out to save the world or destroy it? The argument from either side is far from cut and dry. I believe that harnessing the power of genes is becoming one of the most important issues that mankind has to deal with today.
An issue that is as controversial as it is necessary, there are potentially large, and often not well understood, risks from GM technologies. On one hand, some people believe that genetically modified food is beneficial to society. This can be backed up by citing examples of GM wheat and corn for their drought resistance and thus, the ability to feed more people. Others believe genetic modification in any way causes negative and harmful effects warning that unwanted side effects create resistant weeds and loss of biodiversity.
The World Health Organization defines genetically modified organisms as “Organisms (plants, animals or microorganisms) in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally by mating and/or natural recombination. It allows selected individual genes to be transferred from one organism into another, also between nonrelated species.”(WHO) I view genetic modification as a modern form of plant breeding. Genetically modified organisms are created through a process of selecting
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