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The Positive and Negative Effects of GMOs

The Effects of GMOs

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on 1 May 2015

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Transcript of The Positive and Negative Effects of GMOs

Genetically modified animals have certain genes inserted into their genomes so that they can produce "better" milk, eggs, and meat. These animals also are expected to have a higher resistance to disease and overall to have a better health, with better natural waste management. In theory, genetically modified crops and animals could also be more environmentally friendly because they conserve water, soil, and energy.
In a way Genetically Modified Organisms give farmers insurance for their crops. It helps protect the crops from disease and pests. By protecting the crops there is a greater chance that the plants with GMOs will survive than the chance of plants surviving without GMOs. With the increases in crops the prices of food can drop therefore allowing us the be able to feed underfed countries.
According to the Office of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy, one of the pros of genetically modified crops is a better taste,an increase in nutrients, resistance to disease and pests(bugs), and a faster output of crops. Farmers can also grow more plants or food on less land with genetically modified crops.
The Office of Science at the United States Department of Energy also gives some of the controversies that are associated with genetically modified foods. One of these controversies is the potential health risk, including allergies, antibiotic resistance, and other unknown effects. Other disadvantages that come from GMOs are that scientists are tampering with nature by mixing genes and no one knows what this could potentially do to the animals and environment all around the world in the future..
The Definition of GMOs
A GMO is an organism whose genome has been altered by the techniques of genetic engineering so that its DNA contains one or more genes that are not normally found there. An example is that a high percentage of food crops, such as corn and soybeans, are genetically modified.
The Positive and Negative Effects of GMOs
Dear concerned parents,
You are all wondering what kinds of effects GMOs have on you and your families. The answer is not just one in particular because GMOs have not only posititive effects but also many negative. I will go over both the pros and cons with you and by the end you can decide what you think about Geneticlly Modified Organisms.
One of the many potential health risks of genetically modified foods is allergies. To genetically modify a certain food, scientists take genes from one food to put into another. This could cause allergic reactions and other side effects when people consume the modified foods.
An example of the possible allergies is that in 1996 soybeans were genetically engineered to have the same protein components as Brazil nuts. The problem researchers found was that the soybeans also contained the allergic properties of the nuts. Thankfully this was all discovered before the soybeans were released to the public
There are so many more down sides of GMOs, but one that really may effect you and your families is that Dr. William Davis says, “The new genetically modified wheat has a new protein call gliadin. This gliadin binds to the opiate receptors in our brain and in most people stimulates appetites, such that we consume 440 more calories per day.” Davis claims clinical studies show this happening to hundreds of thousands of people. He suggests totally and completely avoiding wheat!
By: Nicole Gaykova
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