Nobel laureates urge Greenpeace to stop opposing GMOs. Are GMOs harmful?

  • GMOs are produced by reductionist science, thus products may be harmful in unimaginable ways.

    A reductionist understands a complex entity by breaking it down into simpler parts. Each simpler part has a function that contributes to the entire entity. And science has been reductionist thus far in genetics. By identifying the genes that can increase the vitamin A production, scientist activates or insert the gene in corns in an effort to ameliorate vitamin A deficiency in Africa. However, there is a problem of reductionist thinking - a complex entity such as corn does not act as different simpler parts, but as a whole and thus the modification of a part may change the corn significantly. In biology, we understand that a molecule may serve more than one purpose in an organism. For example, adenosine triphosphate is not merely an energy-releasing molecule, but also a substrate in cell-signalling pathways. A supposed change in only vitamin A production may have a cascading effect that results in unidentified ways, whether harmless, beneficial or harmful. Thus, GMOs may be a detriment if scientific methods to create it are unsound.

  • No, GMOs can help feed more people than otherwise possible.

    GMOs can capable of providing more bountiful harvests than their unmodified counterparts. Combined with the fact that GMOs are also capable of thriving under tougher conditions, this means that they can increase the amount of food that is being produced in countries all around the world. Since there are still many people on the planet who are struggling for their basic necessities, the benefits of GMOs far outweigh their costs at the moment.

  • GMO's are not harmful

    GMO's are not harmful, And this is yet another example of fear mongering among elite organizations trying to control what people eat, see, and do in order to perpetuate its power. Without such scare tactics, groups like Greenpeace would dry up, whether away and be of no consequence to anyone. Organizations like that would lose their value.

  • No, we do not yet know

    The scientific evidence is unconvincing as to the benefits and risks of genetically-modified organisms (GMO) when it comes to agriculture and food consumption for the general public. Until that time, GMOs should continue to be investigated and monitored closely to ensure that the health of the public and the ability for companies to make scientific progress is kept in tact.

  • GMOs aren't harmful.

    GMOs have been in use for a long time and there have been few issues with them in the past. Everything has a few problems that arrise over the years but these issues can be fixed easily. As long as research is being done to keep GMOs safe they will never be harmful.

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