Plant GMOs and the Misconceptions

Many people believe that plant GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) are bad for you and unhealthy. While not a ton of research has been done on GMOs so far, the research that has been done shows that there is no directly negative effect on one’s health and that most of the time, GMOs are helpful for one’s health.

Basically, people usually get a little weirded out when they hear that their strawberry or banana has been genetically modified, but in reality, it’s not as crazy as you think. They are not just injecting fruit with absurd chemicals. To genetically modify something like a fruit or a vegetable, the organism is just re-bred to achieve desired results.

Additionally, pretty much everything we eat has been genetically modified in some way, usually through artificial selection, where humans decide the gene outcomes by applying certain pressures. Corn, for example, has been genetically modified over time to be able to grow in drier climates. Also, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, and more all come from the wild mustard plant, which humans have modified over and over to make different veggies.

Sometimes, the modifications are for our own human health. Strawberries, for example, would go bad even quicker than they already do. The way that we have modified strawberries from the wild strawberry plants allows strawberries to last longer and grow less mold.

Overall, GMOs can help your health and the environment, so, ditch that misconception, and buy GMOs (if you want); they won’t bite.

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