A world without GMO crops poses greater risks

Despite the endorsements from scientific organizations and the hundreds of studies showing no adverse environmental or human health effects from consuming genetically modified food, there is still widespread opposition. The fear stems from uncertainty, writes Emily Calandrelli, a recent graduate from MIT with a Masters in Technology and Policy. She offers reasons why GMOs are feared and why they are necessary.

Some people opposed to GMOs think that because the plant would never grow ‘naturally,’ it is unhealthy or dangerous. But humans take part in a lot of ‘unnatural’ activities, Calandrelli writes, from organ transplants to microwaving food.

If farmers were to grow crops with 1960s technology—which is essentially the modern-day ‘organic’ farming—the world would need to grow an additional 3 billion acres to produce today’s current food yields. Humans must adapt to a growing population, and GM crops offer more crops per acre.

There is always an inherent risk to pursuing new types of technologies, Calandrelli writes, “but…the risks posed by not pursuing GM food technology are far greater.”

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