My Take on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

by Michael Smart, Professional Golf Management major

Throughout the past four months, I have been exposed to what Genetically Modified Organisms (G.M.O.’s) are and how they work. My views on G.M.O.’s and Genetically Modified (G.M.) crops have greatly changed in that span of time. I was like much of the public in my opinion on what G.M.O.’s were and how they affected me. If you would have asked me what G.M.O.’s and G.M. crops were I would have said something along the lines of, “I’m not really sure what they are, but I know they are not good for me to eat!”

Now, my mind has been opened up and I have had a change of heart. Seeing just how beneficial G.M.O.’s and G.M. crops are, I can say that I support them now. G.M. crops are more environmentally friendly because they do not require the use of very many pesticides. Also, these crops yield produce that has the same nutritious value as that of conventional or “organic” crops.

Finally, I see a very promising future for G.M.O.’s and G.M. crops. With an ever-growing population and more mouths to feed, G.M.O.’s may be the only answer we have.  In my opinion, we need to better educate the public on G.M.O.’s and G.M. crops. Many people just do not know what G.M.O.’s and G.M. crops are. I believe if they had the knowledge, a lot of people would end up having the change of heart that I did.

More information
OSU Extension Fact Sheet
> The Impact on Human Health of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Foods

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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