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The GMO Debate: Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) have been a hot news topic for
many years now. Many people refuse to use products that contain GMOs, and there has been a
big push recently for better labeling of GMOs on food packaging. Monsanto and other big
companies have made good money selling genetically modified plants and other organisms, and
with new gene-editing technology on the rise, GMO production is likely to increase.
Although the most talked-about GMOs are plant-based, your textbook also discusses transgenic
organisms (another term for GMO) in chapters 17 & 19. Although the US doesn’t yet require
GMO labeling on food packaging, a bill was recently passed to require it
(http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/07/14/486060866/congress-just-passed-a-gmo-
labeling-bill-nobodys-super-happy-about-it).
For our Discussion topic this week,
Read the Special Topics section in the back of your textbook on the "Genetically Modified
Foods," found on page 507-518.
For our discussion this week, include the following in your initial post:
What you knew about (and thought about) GMOs before reading this section
I had little in-depth knowledge about the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) before
reading this section. However, I always used to listen that chicken now a days has been modified
genetically. I also heard about a number of vegetables as well.
What questions you had while reading this section
The questions I had while reading this section were that why people are so reluctant to use
genetically modified organisms for their consumption. What is so wrong in the genetically
modified organisms?
One cool thing you learned about GMOs
One cool thing I learned about GMOs is that people are demanding to label the food or food
products having GMOs. People are so aware and conscious about the GMOs.
What you think of GMOs after reading about them, and why?
I think that GMOs as a food are not inferior to the regular foods because although they are genetically
modified, but the nutrition values as well as health benefits are the same so there is no problem in
consuming them.
Answers to questions 1-3 of the “Discussion Questions” section on page 518
1. How do genetically modified organisms compare with organ- isms created through
selective breeding?

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The GMO Debate: Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) have been a hot news topic for many years now. Many people refuse to use products that contain GMOs, and there has been a big push recently for better labeling of GMOs on food packaging. Monsanto and other big companies have made good money selling genetically modified plants and other organisms, and with new gene-editing technology on the rise, GMO production is likely to increase. Although the most talked-about GMOs are plant-based, your textbook also discusses transgenic organisms (another term for GMO) in chapters 17 & 19. Although the ...
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