Genetically modifying organisms improves sustainability and helps the environment.

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Genetically modifying organisms improves sustainability and helps the environment.

  • GMO's will ultimately play a strong roll in hydroponic and vertical farming systems where resources are recycled and waste is properly treated before returning to the environment. Hydroponics will reduce the eutrophication of surrounding regions due to fertilizer runoff and ultimately improve the biodiversity of those regions. This selective growing in a highly optimized system will be the most profitable with GMO crops, potentially with even greater profit yields than conventional farming.

  • Higher yielding crop varieties require less land to grow the same quantity of food.

  • Genetic modification of crops can target desired attributes more specifically than traditional breeding, which works more random. Thus, the risks of undesired mutations is lower.

  • The effect of GMO on the environment is difficult to predict on the long run, as the environment is composed of different interconnected elements. Biological science are not advanced enough to give an exhaustive insight on the consequence of a generalization of GMO.

  • Some genetic modifications can be harmful to the environment, such as genetic pesticides. Genetic pesticides have been known to kill 'helpful' insects, such as pollinators. An unmonitored extermination of insects can not only threatens pollination rates (of more than just crops), but also reduce food for birds, rodents, and amphibians which are vital parts of ecosystem biodiversity.

  • It will take decades of scientific research until we can determine the safety of GMOs.