Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on their own aren’t a negative thing at all. In fact, essentially every crop and animal has been selectively bred by humans for thousands of years to get them the way we want them, resulting in a GMO. For example, corn before being “modified” by humans was a small, hard barely edible grain with virtually no nutritional value. Today, we have the bright yellow delicious corn we love to have at state fairs and bbqs.
Some modern GMO practices involve actually modifying the genes by hand and not by breeding them. The process for this goes a little too in depth for this question but will be discussed in a future post. The largest issues raised are that GMO practices aren’t natural and that they can have harmful repercussions. However, the only evidence is that it can cause allergic reactions due to the crossing of genes.
There is evidence though that crops have been altered to be more resistant to pesticides and herbicides.This allows them to spray more onto the crops to get rid of the unwanted insects and weeds. Another discussed issue is whether or not we end up consuming the chemicals that are sprayed onto crops.
So, are genetically modified foods bad for you? No, not unless you have allergies. Could there be leftover chemicals sprayed onto genetically modified food? Possibly.
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