When my biology teacher told me about genetically modified food my whole world changed. I felt intrigued and excited, but a little scared by this topic. The idea that something we make in large quantities and need for survival has the potential to make us sick is frightening. But through research, I found out that these foods do not cause sickness, in fact, they can do the opposite if we use them properly. Genetically modified organisms pose no health risk to people or their offspring can assist in the prevention of malnutrition and can reduce our impact on the Earth.
In conclusion, people should stop being afraid of genetically modified organisms and foods. They do not pose any health risks to the people that consume them or their offspring. Genetically modified food can help people in countries where getting the nutrients they need can be hard. Genetically modified food can also help advance farming in a way that reduces the resources we need to grow enough food on the land we already use. These genetic advancements can help reduce and even reverse our impact on the earth that we have made throughout the years. In short, genetic modification of plants and other organisms can lead to a happier and healthier planet and population.
Thank you for following along as we looked into the effects of GMOs on our health and how we can use them to build a better future. I hope you learned something about GMOs and now look at them in a new light. What do you think about GMOs? Let me know in the comments!
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