The Problem Of Genetically Modified Organisms Essay

1149 Words Oct 13th, 2015 null Page
“It is estimated that sixty to seventy percent of all processed foods available on store shelves contain GMO ingredients … if you drink soda, eat snack foods or breakfast cereals, chances are good that you’re already eating GMO ingredients” (Erdosh 1). However, much of the public is unaware of what GMOs even are. Genetically modified organisms have been around since the 1970s and the concept of altering plants even longer, dating back over 10,000 years ago (Erdosh 1 & 3). Today’s technology has helped to transform plants and other organisms in many ways. Genetic modification has developed into an exceedingly controversial topic among today’s society and has both strong advocates and harsh adversaries. Although this issue is disputed, both views can agree on many factors. Supporters of GMOs agree that with today’s increasing population and the limited farm ground, it is critical that farmers increase yield in order to feed everyone. As specified by Keith Kloor in “The GMO Suicide Myth”, “the world’s population is forecasted to reach nine billion by 2050” (70). The reason for this needed yield increase is because the amount of land available is continually decreasing due to the increasing population causing land expansion of cities and towns. This is leading to a need for future yields to be maxed to their limits. Genetically modified organism technology has been able to do this by increasing plant’s resistance to pests and weeds. This in turn increases yield and helps…

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