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Published on November 18th, 2013 | by Guest Contributor

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The GMO Debate: A Snapshot [infographic]

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by Sandra Mills

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There is a raging debate about the use and regulation of genetically modified organisms (GMO). How do you feel about GMO food?

Regardless of which side of the GMO debate you’re on, its effects touch the lives and health of everyone on the planet. There are many controversial topics involved in the GMO debate. They include:

  • concerns about the increase in the use of pesticides and herbicides
  • the effect of genetically modified food on the health of the population
  • the change in the amount of food produced by genetically engineered plants
  • the control that companies like Monsanto have over our food security

The debate over this issue rages on. Good or bad, genetically modified food will have an effect on the world’s crops. This infographic lays out both sides of the GMO debate:

GMOs argument Infographic

There are questions about the effects that genetically modified plants have on the use of pesticides and herbicides. Do these plants create the need for farmers to use more of the harmful products? What are the health ramifications if there is an increase in the use of these products?

What about GMOs and health? There is more discussion surrounding the inherent safety of GMOs. The FDA and other health organizations have given their seal of approval, however, there is research that provides evidence to the contrary.

These are not the only topics that divide the country on genetically modified food. There are also claims on both sides of the debate about whether or not the genetically modified plants produce greater crop yields. Proponents say that they can feed the world, and opponents say that we can feed the world in healthier ways.

Another hotly debated issue is the companies’ control over the seed. Companies like Monsanto expect royalties from farmers that use their GMO seeds, but the seed is easily spread from farm to farm. This creates the problem of determining which farmers deliberately misuse GMO seeds and who are victims of Mother Nature. It also raises questions about seed-saving.

Where do you fall in the GMO debate? Tell us your thoughts on genetically modified organisms in the comments!

Image Credit: Food in Lab photo via Shutterstock



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  • casey

    Hi… I am a little confused about the stat from Washington State Univ linking GM crops and superweeds to a 404 million pound increase in the use of pesticide. Logically, I would think the increase would be in the use of herbicides. Can you clarify or provide insight? thank you!

    • http://www.progressivekitch.com Tanya Sitton

      Hi Casey,
      I’ll look at this in more detail asap, but I’ve seen some sources use pesticide as an umbrella term to describe pest species generally — insect, fungus, weed, whatever species of living thing is interfering with crop production… not sure if that’s the case here, but sometimes the word is used that way. Thanks for your comment! :)

      • http://glueandglitter.com/main Becky Striepe

        Yeah – I’ve seen pesticides used as a blanket term to include fungicides and herbicides, too. I think it’s meant to refer to the broader “chemicals sprayed on plants to kill things” in this context.

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