GMos: Harmful or Helpful? Lily Rusthoven

an acronym for genetically modified organisms, Gmos are any organisms whose genetic material has been altered through the use of genetic engineering. Gmos are most commonly used in the production of produce. Although they have many benefits, stigmas against GMOs have been created based on their supposed negative effects on consumer health and lack of guaranteed success in farming.
Because GMOs are often thought of as harmful, I wish to advocate for GMOs and explain how they May benefit a world in which climate change is increasingly becoming a problem and How they might feed a world whose population is increasing rapidly.
By saving farmers around the world time, money, and energy, GMOs can significantly reduce wasted time placed in field work. For example, GMOs reduce the number of times farmers are forced to plow their fields and over turn their soil which not only lessens the time and energy put into field work but also reduces the amount of carbon emissions created from upturning soil.
During my research, I hope to discover if GMOs further the problems of climate change, if they are harmful to consumer's health, and whether or not they are the most efficient answer to decreasing the number of herbicides and pesticides needed to protect farmers' crops from damage inducing pests.

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Created with images by Unsplash - "barley cereal grain" • OliBac - "OGM ? / GMO ?" • Jonathan Rolande - "GMO" • SMcGarnigle - "Alemany Farmers' Market" • greensefa - "GMO-free Europe Conference 2012"

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