The Raging Debate Over GMOs

Why do fiery debates rage over the use of genetically modified organisms in our food? Let’s take a brief look at both sides of the argument. What are GMOs, really? In a nutshell, genes are extracted from the DNA of one organism and inserted into the DNA of another organism to alter it in some way. This is used for a variety of purposes; for example, say that corn carried a gene that made it resistant to a crop disease that commonly threatened potatoes. They would then extract that gene from corn DNA, insert it into some potato DNA, and the resulting potato crop would then be resistant to the crop disease that had previously threatened it. GMOs are typically used to improve and protect our

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