What are the advantages of genetically modified organisms (GMOs)?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Although genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are controversial, they have a few advantages. The following points will help you understand GMOs:
  • Heavily tested: There have been a great number of studies tracking the effects of GMOs on animals. Overwhelmingly, these studies indicate that GMOs are safe to consume.
  • Impact on farming: GMOs allow plants to be modified to grow in environments that would be normally inhospitable.
  • Cheaper food: Easier farming means more food which, in turn, means less expensive food. This is not only beneficial for the average consumer, but it can have global implications. Less expensive food makes it easier to feed hungry populations around the world.
  • Increased nutritional value: GMOs can be modified to have greater nutritional value than the organism would have naturally. For example, scientists, hoping to eliminate the need for post-harvest processing, have genetically modified rice to contain significantly higher amounts of vitamin A. This “golden rice” is not yet legal in most countries, but experts expect it to be within the next few years.
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