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Are GMOs good or bad? Show more Show less

GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are organisms (plants and animals) that have had specific genes from a different species inserted into its own DNA. This results in the crop having new desirable features. Examples include papayas that are virus-resistant or corn that is herbicide-resistant. Our food has been genetically modified since the first GMO tomato (Flvr Svr) in the early 1990s. The acceptance of GMOs has varied between countries; the United States, Argentina, and Canada have quickly adopted GMOs while the EU countries have passed stricter legislation. There is a heated debate over whether GMOs are good or bad for our health, environment, world hunger, and the economy.

GMOs are neither good nor bad Show more Show less

GMOs are too complex a topic to be summarized as either good or bad.
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We don’t have enough testing for the long-term health effects.

Testing has not been long enough, has not been with human trials, and has not assessed all new proteins.
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The Argument

There is not enough testing on the long-term health effects of GMOs. The research that has been done has not been long enough and there have not been human trials. GMOs can have unexpected and unassessed proteins and these new proteins (such as the engineered heme protein) may be allergens; we do not know their effect.

Counter arguments

There has been extensive testing. GMOs have been tested more than any other food.



[P1] Research hasn't been long enough. [P2] There haven't been human trials. [P3] All new proteins have not been assessed. [P4] We have not had enough testing to make an informed decision about whether GMOs are good or bad for our health.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1-P4] GMOs have been tested more than any other food.


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