Genetically Modified Organisms (Early Draft links (http://sitn.hms.harvard…
Genetically Modified Organisms
Positive Applications of [GMO]
Choosing specific Traits in food
Modifying and strengthening GMO's to be resistant to disease and viruses.
Creating more nutritious crops for human benefit. Such as having higher vitamin content, higher mineral intake as opposed to the conventional crop.
More variety of plants, crossing genes to create more variety and also lead to cheaper food for consumers.
Negatives of [GMO]
Arms race with bacteria and pests. The more resilient GMO crops become the strong bacteria and pests will become to counteract.
Possible health concerns with modified genes in Crops affecting and mutating our genes and leading to cancer and other related diseases.
Could possibly cause allergies due to manipulation of certain gene traits.
GMO good for third world countries or bad?.
Can be modified to survive in harsh conditions. So areas with dry conditions can still grow certain types of crops, without limitations.
Can reduce labor for farmers since herbicide resistant crops allow less work in maintenance.
Criticism from environmental groups and consumer groups can sometimes prevent GMOs from being prevalent in these countries.
GMO affect on the environment
Cross pollination can occur, where GMO crops can make their way and pollinate with non GMO plants , leading to hybrid plants.
As suggested in the negatives of GMO, it can cause an arm's race between weeds and bugs. Changing the environment by creating mutant bugs or "super weeds" can have adverse effects on the food chain.
This extra herbicides and pesticides could also cause human risks and animal risks who are in the vicinity.
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Social Media's portrayal of GMO's
It is easy to misconstrue information nowadays with online news outlets. Sometimes reporters will push their own narrative when reporting topics such as GMO's so it can really give it bad press.
Expanding on this topic, a bias of information can occur when people post one side of the story on social media, this can lead to a misinformed outlook on GMO's.