Genetically Modified Organisms

Conversation Regarding GMO's

A big motivator that has driven the need to talk about the introduction of GMO’s into more crops, has been the idea that GMO’s can assist in providing food for population in the years to come.

In a perfect world, no person would be hungry; there would be enough food for all. Unfortunately, in this world that is not the case. There are companies who are just looking to make a profit. If GMO’s had the potential to solve world hunger, then seeds should be provided to those who need it most. It is a fact that “the most widely used GM crops today are controlled by corporate interests and their cost tends to put them out of reach of the truly poor” (Moseley, 2017). The greed of corporations will not allow for the poor to access affordable GM seeds to grow food. Also, after a certain point weeds and insects begin evolving. If someone is able to purchase these expensive seeds, “new seeds must… be repurchased every one to three years, making this a recurring expense” (Moseley, 2017) and people some people cannot afford that, so they go into debt getting loans to keep buying seeds to keep planting.

Therefore, the idea that people can be fed using GMO’s is not a strong selling point. Additionally, some people who need the seed and can afford it might not even purchase GM seeds because “companies such as such as Monsanto that hold the patents to the seeds marketed in developing countries stand to reap significant gains from the introduction of these products into the global agricultural mainstream” (Davies, 2012). They will realize that the thousands of dollars they spend is not going back to their economy. Another important point is that once you buy the seeds, you must plant and harvest the crops. One cannot seed save so old-fashioned farmers will no longer be able to uphold their traditions.

 

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