The role of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in our food production has been an increasingly trending topic in current events.  As further research is conducted on the long-term effects of this technology, we are seeing increased protest from groups claiming this technology is “unnatural”, labeling the products of GMOs  “Frankenfoods”. Alternatively, the use of GMOs is promoted by an equally large group of supporters that insist that the scientific research backs the reliability of genetically modified foods from a health standpoint, while providing significant advantages in addressing our population and food shortage problems. 

After reading the module notes and all supplemental materials, perform an internet search on Genetically Modified Organisms and their role in our food production processes, keeping in mind the guidelines addressed in the Excelsior Library Information Literacy Tutorial (Links to an external site.) on online research and appropriate sourcing. Then respond to the following:

  • Give a brief background on GMOs. What are they? What role do they play in our food production?
  • What are the Benefits/Drawbacks?
  • Do you think genetic modification experimentation is “unnatural” or interferes with the “balance of nature”?
  • Some genetically modified (GM) traits can also be produced by conventional crop breeding. In such a case is the GM crop bad and the conventional one good? 
  • Why do you think the use of GMOs is still such a divisive topic?

Support your position using appropriate sources that are properly cited.