- They have higher resistance to pests and herbicides compared to their natural/organic counterparts
- They can withstand extreme farming conditions (particularly the frigid/drought environments in second and third world countries)
- They have increased harvest yield (to aid in reducing world hunger)
- They have better nutritional value
Sounds very promising with lots of great intents. However, there is a flip side to GMO foods/plants. So much controversy exists today around how the government promotes GMOs as safe and acceptable in our food supply despite researchers claims of how these genetically modified organisms can potentially cause an increase prevalence of cancer, tumors, allergies, gastrointestinal problems, and etc. upon prolonged consumption. I have not found any human studies as of yet on the effects of GMOs on our bodily system, but there are existing studies done on lab rats that show some pretty disturbing effects of GMO consumption. Nevertheless those individuals in support of GMOs claim that the effects of GMOs are very minimal to humans; any study stating otherwise is more likely to be debunked or retracted it seems. At the end of the day, money and politics are two major drivers between the government (FDA, USDA) and biotech companies (ex. Monsanto) and the battle of shedding the truth behind GMOs will be a hard, long one especially for organizations such as Non-GMO Project.