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GMOs: Pros and Cons.

What exactly are GMOs? If you’ve eaten anything today, chances are you’ve snacked on GMO foods.

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Growing GMO plants is supposed to allow farmers to spend less money producing more food, use fewer pesticides and herbicides, do less tilling to remove weeds, thereby protecting the soil.  | The downsides of farming with GMOs include:... more »Growing GMO plants is supposed to allow farmers to spend less money producing more food, use fewer pesticides and herbicides, do less tilling to remove weeds, thereby protecting the soil.  | The downsides of farming with GMOs include: creating “super weeds” that have evolved a resistance to glyphosate, a common herbicide in GMO food production. Plants that produce their own insecticide, a bacterial toxin Bacillus thuringiensis (BT), which has led to BT-resistant bugs. A human population that is unwittingly consuming BT, too, since the insecticide is part of GMO plants. Disappointing crop yields and doubt over the environmental benefits of reduced tilling. Often, GMO advocates claim that, since many plants already have the ability to produce their own pest repellents, GMO plants, which can be engineered to produce their own pesticides, are no different. Wrong! The pesticides from GMO plants are new to humans, and, right now, we don’t know how our bodies will handle them. However, we definitely do know that pesticides (a term that includes herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides) are linked to cancer, neurological diseases, like Parkinson’s, and a number of other very serious health concerns. They have also been shown to cause cancer in children. The fact remains that there are no long-term studies demonstrating that GMO foods are healthy – or unhealthy. 03-19-2015 6:06am

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