It is impossible to ignore the effects that genetically modified foods have had on our society. They are difficult to avoid, and sometimes nearly impossible to identify, especially considering the government’s lax labeling policy. Although they are widely used, genetically modified crops have negative effects.

Genetically modified crops inevitably have an effect on the environment, and that effect is largely negative. According to ResponsibleTechnology.org, “GM crops and their associated herbicides can harm birds, insects, amphibians, marine ecosystems, and soil organisms,” and this harm may lead to reduced biodiversity in plants, and more endangered and even extinct animals. Additionally, these side-effects could lead to an entirely disrupted ecosystem that will eventually become unrecognizable and unsustainable.

GMOs affect the environment, but they may also affect humans in ways that we are still unsure of. Debating Europe states “Biotech companies use old “tobacco” science to argue GMOs are harmless or even beneficial to health,” meaning that we do not fully understand the effects that consuming genetically modified crops have on humans. There are issues with allergies, and long term effects that have not yet been studied.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States reports that genetically modified crops could lead to a few large corporations having a monopoly on the agriculture industry. This could happen because small farms do not have access to genetically modified seeds or expensive research facilities.

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