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I will argue that environmentalists should not oppose genetically modified foods. Genetically modified foods or GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) are crop plants that are modified in a laboratory to enhance desired traits, to offer greater yields, to improve pest and disease resistance, to increase nutrition, or to boost tolerance to temperature extremes, drought, and salinity (The Hutchinson Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide). This controversial concept has been debated among environmental activists, public interest groups, and other scientists and government officials since GMOs were introduced in 1996. However, genetic engineering has enormous potential benefits that society cannot ignore now or in the future.
First, genetically modified foods should be encouraged because the use of GMOs promotes positive farming and agricultural practices that have less of an impact on the environment than traditional farming. While necessary to our modern society, farming unquestionably harms the environment in a variety of ways. Plowing depletes the soil of valuable nutrie…
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