Genetically Modified Organisms (or GMOs) Should Be Promoted As Part of a Sustainable Agricultural Economy

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Genetically Modified Organisms Should Be Promoted As Part of a Sustainable Agricultural Economy

  • A major UN FAO report (IAASTD, ch 5.5.4) examined future scenarios with greater or lesser access to GMO and concluded '...the elimination of ... transgenesis would slow but not stop the pace of agricultural research and improvement. As a result, humanity would likely be more vulnerable to climatic and other shocks and to increased natural resource scarcity under this alternative pathway.'

  • The main reason that people fear GMOs is a lack of understanding as to what the term GMO means.

  • GMOs offer nutritious and easy to grow plants that can be more resistant to disease and climatic events. They can provide a solution to the lack of food in certain parts of the world

  • GMOs can be used to create non-food items, like biofuels, cloth and plastics that are 100% renewable and carbon neutral. This can be done with much less space, thus reducing the need to take away from food production

  • Genetic modifications have been in existence for millennia, and almost all food we eat today is far from its wild counterpart. It is thus illogical to fear transgenic GMOs.

  • The only 2 transgenic crops used on a large scale are corn and soybeans engineered for herbicide (namely glyphosate) resistance. While other modified traits may not be as harmful, the current usage of this sort of GMO crop creates and promotes an increased use of herbicides that is not sustainable.

  • GMOs mean that farmers are not economically independent due to patents, and subsequently must rely on seed companies who control their livelihood completely.

  • There is a human health risk attached to the use of GMOs.

  • Lack of genetic diversity due to monoculture of GMOs increases the vulnerability of the human populations that depend on them.

  • There is an animal health risk attached to the use of GMOs.