Friday, November 11, 2016

GMO Crops and the Atmosphere

Many individuals favor to eat organic products, ones that are not genetically altered, over the GMO products. There is a great push for the decrease in GMO crops around the world. Individuals feel that GMO crops are unhealthy and have negative long term effects. The decrease in GMO crops would result in more land needed to plant crops to produce a sufficient amount of organic crops. This is needed to support the high demand of crops, such as corn, soybeans, and cotton. However, the issue will arise when more trees will be needed to be cut down in order to plant the new crops. Decreasing the amount of GMO crops will be healthier for individuals eating the crops. However, the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere will increase. This poses another issue with decreasing the amount of GMO crops. Furthermore, the price of the non GMO goods will increase. The farmers will not be able to keep up with the demand with the same amount of land currently used. GMO crops allow for the crops to grow quicker than organic crops. I feel that more organic crop production will be the optimal option for this situation, but we will be sacrificing the atmosphere with this decision. There should be a compromise where the increase in the organic crop production is initiated, but with less trees being cut down. We should not stop producing GMO crops entirely.  

1 comment:

  1. I believe that GMOs can have their pros and cons. However, I never thought about the positive relationship between GMOs and the environment. The decrease in green house gases and the decrease in prices of non-GMO crops are good examples of pros of GMO crops.