Feeding People’s Mouths

My name is Ben Shaw and I am a junior at The Ohio State University studying Agronomy and Agribusiness. I wrote this blog post because it conveys a serious problem that our nation and the world is going through.

The history of agriculture dates back since around 10,000 BC. Since then, many changes have taken place that have affected how our modern image of food production occurs. This includes selective plant breeding, crop protection technologies, mechanization of farm equipment, and technological advancements over all of the agricultural industry.

GMOs are widely used throughout the world, especially in the US, and are relied upon to feed the growing population. However, arguments are being made around the globe about the unsafe and hazardous conditions that these crops and livestock expose us to. Because of this, many people support organic farming. This farming differs in that no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides are used, and livestock are not treated with antibiotics or other hormones. However, is there even an actual difference in the finished product from conventional and organic agriculture?

Many scientific studies indicate that eating GMO products pose no health risks to humans, and pose no threats. For example, Bt Corn contains a gene from a soil bacterium that will selectively kill insects that eed on the plants. Bt is also completely broken down in human bodies posing no health threat, but using this corn saves growers from using pesticides that are not as selective.

I believe that our real argument shouldn’t be Organic Or GMO, but it should be: How can we combine these methods to support our population?

Source

Stony Brook University. “Sustainable vs. Conventional Agriculture

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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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