Mark Lynas and GMO’s

The video with Mark Lynas was about GMO and its uses and how people think it’s bad without knowing what it is due to the effects of social media and the lack of knowledge behind it. For instance, Lynas was originally against GMO crops but once he learn the benefits of it and how it can help people his opinion changed completely. One thing that surprised me the most was the fact that he apologized in front of everyone for talking down on GMO’s. He also mentioned that thanks to Norman Borlaug ad his “Green Revolution” countries such as India are no longer suffering from malnutrition. Borlaug was also worried about population growth but instead of sitting back and thinking of options of how to stop malnutrition he reacted. Lynas said that “Borlaug was a pragmatist because he believed in doing what was possible but also an idealist because he believed people everywhere deserved and had the right to eat.” It was mentioned that “biotechnology has not been stopped but has been prohibitively expensive to all but the biggest corporations.” On average it costs tens of millions of dollars to have a crop get through the regulatory systems through various countries.

My view on the genetically modified crops is that they are not bad to have, they are a greater influence. There are lots of people around the world who are starving each day and kids who are going to school and are worried that they won’t be able to eat lunch because their families just don’t have the money to afford it. With GMO’s farmers are capable of producing the right amount of food for everyone everywhere. Most people are worried that consuming a GMO product would harm them but in the broader scheme of things would the government really put out food that could potentially harm others. So to me, I believe that genetically modified food is a good thing to have. People are becoming influenced by people are posting on social media without having knowing or researching what it truly is. It’s like a saying I’ve heard, don’t speak until you know all the facts.

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