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Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) is defined by the WHO as:

...organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally. The technology is often called “modern biotechnology” or “gene technology”, sometimes also “recombinant DNA technology” or “genetic engineering”. It allows selected individual genes to be transferred from one organism into another, also between non-related species (WHO).

There were approximately "93% of soy, 93% of cotton, and 86% of corn grown in the U.S. were GMO" in 2009 as the USDA reported (Non-GMO Project). Farmers use GMOs because they can grow up in tough conditions and weather, resist against many diseases, and have other special abilities (Better Health Channel).

There is a debate about the effect of foods created from GMOs on human health. They can be risky for our genes and biological system. Scientists haven't provided any evidence about the danger of GM foods yet, and some people are still doubtful about the impact of GMOs on the environment and other natural factors.

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