When I heard that foods were being modified to produce their own pesticides, I became concerned. That just sounds SO unhealthy! Still, I have to admit that I know little about GMO’s. So today I’m sharing a GMO guest post by writer, Sandra Mills. I’m curious about what she has to say.
To Genetically Modify, or to Not Genetically Modify? The Question Continues… by Sandra Mills
GMO. Non-GMO. To play with nature or not. Are there benefits? What are the drawbacks? The debate has raged since the first use of genetic modification in 1996. And yet, many more people are becoming aware of this formerly scientific debate as our product packaging is now changing to promote one or the other. Most people are confused, and rightly so.
Pesticide and large agricultural companies tell us one thing, small farmers and independent researchers tell us another. The health world has studies for and against GM food. And the financial impact is only just starting, with large companies controlling the GM trade, and their ability to dictate the use of their seeds may have financial and social ramifications for small-scale farmers. Is it right? Is it wrong? And what impact will GMO’s have in this lifetime. After all, it is a relatively new phenomenon and we have not seen the full effects as of yet.
Below is a well presented diagram of the pros and cons to the debate, allowing those of us just learning about the use of GMO’s to be able to form an educated opinion, thus giving us the ability to understand and track this trend that will be affecting all of our lives, sooner than later: A Snapshot of The GMO Debate.
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