GMOs: Healthy or Not?

by Courtney Tarvin, Agricultural Communication major

In today’s fast paced, instant world everyone is looking for the most efficient way accomplish their goals, for many farmers that is producing genetically modified food, but are they really healthy?

I personally think that these Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) foods are healthy for consumption. Biology Fortified’s article, The 10 Minor Realizations That Flipped My Thinking About GMOs, has some interesting points. For example, GMOs only have a single gene that is being transferred out of the thousands of genes that they contain. Also, I think we need to realize that we share half of our DNA with a banana.

Many plants produce their own pesticides, and traditional selective breeding has had a negative unintended consequence on the world. We can’t prove that these foods are bad for human consumption and contemporary breeding has been proven to be very selective.

The public is afraid of the unknown as we do not know the correlation between health and GMO products, but it is only because of the messages that people against GMOs have sent out, convincing others that these are bad products. GMOs have helped to vastly improve production over the years and have helped with the agriculture industry; they are healthy and safe. But the biggest issue that the agriculture industry faces is convincing the public that these products are safe for them to consume.
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This blog post was an assignment for  Societal Issues: Pesticides, Alternatives and the Environment (PLNTPTH 4597). The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the class, Department of Plant Pathology or the instructor.

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