A genetically modified organism (GMO) is any organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques (i. e., a genetically engineered organism).
Do do you try to avoid eating them? Do you not care? Do you think they are a good thing?
Most Helpful Girl
GMO's have pros and cons.
-can alter food to repel bugs ex) less pesticides, cost down, profit up
-can be resistant to herbicides ex) round up ready corn will not die but weeds will, cost down, profit up
-can alter food to produce more nutrients for deficient people ex) golden rice
-what we can do is virtually impossible to forsee, many possibilities
-can out compete native species ex) GMO salmon
-can contaminate wild types and non-gmo farms
-these companies own any descendant of their seed, so, if farmer A's crops infect farmer B's crops, farmer B can (and in the past has been) sued by the company selling the seed
-no long term study done on humans
-may cause allergic reactions if residual residues or altered proteins still in food during consumption0
Most Helpful Guy
Genetical modification is NOT a new invention.
farmers have been modifying the genetic strains of plants and animals by selection and pairing for centuries. Beef have a lot more meat now than they had 1000 years ago, Many strains of flowers and fruits simply didn't exist 1000 years ago.
Even humans today are different from humans 100,000 years ago. There it was nature itself which selected the best to procreate and let the others die off.
The problem I REALLY have with GMOs is when GMO seeds are sterile but good to eat: it forces farmers to buy new seed for every harvest (and buy it from Monsanto at Monsanto's price!) That will make food more expensive or farmers poorer. Just to fill the big pockets of Monsanto ao.