Pros And Cons Of Genetically Modified Organisms

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1. What are GMO’s? A genetically modified organism

2. How and Why are they made? Genetic modification involves the insertion or deletion of genes. When genes are inserted, they usually come from a different species, which is a form of horizontal gene transfer. To do this artificially may require attaching the genes to a virus or just physically inserting the extra DNA into the nucleus of the intended host with a very small syringe, or with very small particles fired from a gene gun.

3. What are the health risks? * New toxins and allergens in foods * Other damaging effects on health caused by unnatural foods * Increased use of chemicals on crops, resulting in increased contamination of our water supply and food * The creation of herbicide-resistant weeds * The spread of diseases across species barriers * Loss of bio-diversity in crops * The disturbance of ecological balance * Artificially induced characteristics and inevitable side-effects will be passed on to all subsequent generations and to other related organisms. Once released, they can never be recalled or contained. The consequences of this are incalculable.

4. Why haven’t we been told about them? Consumers are kept in the dark and are part of an uncontrolled, unregulated mass human experiment the results of which