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My bio lab group and I are doing a presentation on genetically modified organisms. GMOs. Unless you are a super organic eater, you’ll come to realize that GMOs are found in practically everything we eat. For example, bananas actually have big bulky seeds within them, but what the ones that we’re familiar with barely even seem like they have any seeds. This is because bananas are genetically modified to have smaller digestible seeds. Many people are against the fact that we genetically modify things to our liking. Personally I see the pros and cons, to it . Plants that are main food staples to certain environments are usually genetically modified mainly for accessibility. Examples of these plants include rice, grains, corn and cotton. The fact that these plants are modified is mainly because nations strive on the abundance of these particular plants, and if they died off or became ruined due to various bacteria and fungi that are out there, these main food staples would not exist. However there are some cons to GMOs. Most fast food industries genetically modify their meat by making the animal produce large amounts of meat in an unnatural way. There are examples of chickens with no feathers and large breasts that have been modified from their original form to benefit the profits of fast food companies. There are also examples of genetically modified fish with much more vibrant color which inturn only helps the pet companies. There are many pro’s and cons out there to GMOS. Some countries with lower nutrition rates are fed genetically modified food so all citizens can get their nutrients, however large corporate fast food companies use genetically modified organisms to increase their profit. How do you feel about GMOs?  

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  1. November 16, 2011 at 5:01 am

    I think that genetically modified food is kind of a cool concept. Genetically engineering plants and animals for better nutritions seems like a great idea, however we were made to need a variety of foods, so it goes against nature a little bit. Like poojamistry93 said about bananas, the were not only modified to have smaller seeds, but also I believe that all bananas are clones of other bananas (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2001/07/0726_wirebanana.html). Genetically modifying things to benefit humans can bring up many ethical questions, but regardless, genetically modifying plants and animals and bacteria does significantly improve human life at the cost of a potential loss of bananas and other things. As long as we’re careful and think in long-term goals and effects that GMOs have and will have on life, I think it’s ok to have GMOs.

  2. November 20, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Although an interesting read, the bit on bananas is misinformation. While it’s true that almost all of the meat you will eat consumed GE crops, bananas are not, strictly speaking, genetically modified. They are, however, selectively bred for this purpose. Although the end result is the same, selective breeding processes are no more harmful for human consumption than any other sort of grown crop–they are still ‘natural’.

  3. November 27, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    I have a family member who’s an absolute health nut and has recently eschewed soy from their diet because, for the most part, they’re a GMO crop. I can’t help being amused by this, all I can really think is “Oh, how the mighty have fallen.” After all, tofu has been touted around as a miracle food for decades now. It’s high in protein, low in “bad things” like fat, calories, etc. and you can literally make it taste like just about anything. I personally find it fairly amusing how something once considered so healthy is now under attack.

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