Should Gmo Be Banned

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Should Gmo Be Banned

By | April 2011
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Should Genetically -Modified Foods Be Banned?

In the past decade genetically modified foods have been have made a world of stir about whether these foods are beneficial to our society or if they are actually hurtful.There is plenty information that is available to help support both sides of the issue but for every positive thing there is also a negative consequence.With genetically-modified foods being a trendy topic and being like all great debates it has its prons and cons, so it all comes down to whether the good will supercede the bad, or vice versa.

The word GM foods or sometimes labeled GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) is created for human and/or animal use by using the most advanced molecular biology procedures. The plants and/or crops sometimes have been altered in the laboratory to enhance certain important traits such as increased resistance to herbicides or improve nutritional value. The enhancement is usually undertaken through breeding, soometimes a conventional plant breeding methods can be very time consuming and are often not very accurate as well as very costly.On the other hand, a system know as genetic engineering can create plants with the exact sought after trait faster and with pin point accuracy. Take for example, we can select a certain a gene that is the cause of drought tolerance and insert that gene into a totally different plant thus resulting in the new GMO gaining drought resistance. Also genes from non-plant organisms also can be used, one of most well known examples of this is the use in corn and other crops. B.t., or Bacillus thuringiensis, is a naturally occurring bacterium that produces crystal proteins that are lethal to insect larvae.

The United States accounts for nearly two-thirds of all biotechnology crops planted globally. According to the fact sheet which was produced by the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology, about 672 million acres of land are under cultivation,since 1996 the United States has...