Owen R.

GMOS are not harmful

Although there have been over 2,000 studies that have been conducted. They all concluded that GMO’s are not harmful. There are still millions of people that insist that GMO is bad for you, despite the overwhelmingly strong arguments coming from thousands of studies and highly educated scientists.

Gilles-Eric Séralini produced a retracted corn GMO study that concluded that rats fed genetically modified corn had irregular and grotesque tumors. This study was later retracted and reposted in a paid for magazine without peer review or fact check. You can go on the internet and find blogs that have titles like “Monsanto’s GMO Feed Creates Horrific Physical Ailments in Animals.” But they cite no sources to reputable research and claim that there's “new information.”

GMO’s are not harmful because most scientists say they are not. Scientists and people that want GMO’s say that animals fed GM feed has unusual and unexplained effects. This shows that not all people believe in GMO and when studies are done the tests and are uncontrolled and obtain unexplained when they file a report and most times they pull the report after media backlash. “Nearly every independent animal feeding safety study on GM foods show adverse or unexplained effects”

Many reputable scientists have proven that GMO concerns are not valid. People often believe things that should be double checked and are usually not reputable. GMO’s are not harmful because they help to make better products and are more sustainable. “GM crops can be modified for improved sustainable agriculture and forestry. Modifying crops to become pest- resistant can also decrease the use of applied chemicals.” This is relevant to my argument because people don't look at the benefits of GMO’s. GMO’s can help by reducing pesticides and maintaining a sustainable world. GM crops are  not bad because it helps the environment by making foods more pest resistant therefore lowering pesticide use therefore lowering our carbon footprint and making food more sustainable to eat and grow. GMO can be used for good by removing harmful traits and adding beneficial traits.

Ever since the beginning of time, humans have been redefining how our food was grown. Let's say there were two crop fields and one had one type of wheat and another had another type of wheat. If one field grew a larger crop the humans will take the seeds of the good crop and replant that instead of the lesser yielding crop. GMO’s are not harmful because almost everyone is not affected. This is fact because meal surveys concluded that there's no health risks to GMO.  “The authors also found no evidence to suggest any health effect on humans who eat those animals.” The authors of this massive survey made a conclusive statement that says very clearly that there are no health risks to humans from GMO. “By mixing genes from totally unrelated species, genetic engineering unleashes a host of unpredictable side effects. Moreover, irrespective of the type of genes that are inserted, the very process of creating a GM plant can result in massive collateral damage that produces new toxins, allergens, carcinogens, and nutritional deficiencies.” This quote from the Institution for Responsible Technology says that GMO’s can cause long-term health risks and can ruin the ecosystem. It says GMO’s can ruin the land for future generations. The amount of pesticides and roundup and other chemicals that farmers use on crops is mind boggling.Between 1996 and 2008, US farmers sprayed an extra 383 million pounds of herbicide on GMOs. This is caused by certain GMOs (ban GMOs) to be resistant to certain types of herbicide and pesticides. This causes farmers to use more potent and harmful herbicides.

GMOs may or may not have serious side effects. In the 21st-century cancer rates are skyrocketing now whether that's from GMOs, obesity or a combination. GMOs can't be good for you in the long run. Another major risk we have to look it is the after effects of using pesticides on GMO’s that wash into the soils that in turn wash into the rivers. Then contaminate the ground further down the rivers where other farmers are using that water on their crops. Not to mention if there's fish in the river the fish are going to have some sort of poisoning. Then if a muskrat or a bear eats those fish then that bear or muskrat is going to be poisoned and then if someone killed that bear and eats the meat. Then that man will have pesticides in his meal.

In all, GMO definitely has it’s benefits and it may or may not be harmful in the long run. If I looked at both sides I think that the people that argue against GMO have arguments that are very weak and thin. They base these arguments off of tests that are done by unreputable individuals and companies that may rig the tests.