Guest post: Sandra Mills
What are the Pros and Cons of GMO’s?
When it comes to GMOs, it is a problem that is riddled with bioethic questions that are both for and against these types of foods. However, it is hard to weigh the issues until something actually goes wrong, which is where the problem comes in at. In Europe, it is illegal to deliberately release GMOs. They must be properly labeled so that people can decide for themselves.
In the United States, there are no such laws. Around 88 percent of corn has been genetically modified to be more herbicide resistant. Around 94 percent of soy has been genetically modified to resist herbicides.
The Pros Of GMOs
One of the pros of GMOs is that they can give a higher crop yield. There is also less fertilizer, less pesticide and nutrients that are needed. Breeding in a certain genotype can take generations. However, with GMOs, it can be bred in a single generation, which is insanely fast. It is not natural, but not all things natural are good for a person either. Some mushrooms can be terribly poisonous and they are natural. Also, GMOs have been available since 1996. If there were any immediate health threats, it would be known by now.
The Cons of GMOs
GMOs have been shown to be dangerous to rats. In tests done, those shown who had a diet with GMO had kidney and liver problems. Another negative is that GMOs have not been tested thoroughly. The tests done were sometimes as short as 90 days, which is not enough to be accurate on the long-term effects. Another potential threat is that GMOs could interbreed with the natural population and create an explosion or rapid decline in population.
These are all things that need to be considered when it comes to GMOs. The pros and cons can help an individuals to decide for themselves. There are good aspects, but are the risks too high? That is the question that needs to be answered. Some people think that it is best not to mess with what works. If it is not broke, why fix it? This can lead to more problems than what it will solve. Check out this infographic by Carrington.edu for more.