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The use of GMOs face many questions and critics from society. One of the main concerns surround GMOs is the possibility of uncontained growth and spreading. According to Nottingham’s article, “Transgenes are inheritable and will appear in the genomes of the offspring of either genetically modified organisms or organisms that acquire the transgene by whatever mechanism. Once spread to the wider environment, transgenes may be impossible to eradicate.” (Nottingham) The uncontained spreading of these genetically modified crops can lead to it becoming an invasive species or a “superweed,” destroying the native ecosystem and depleting the land of its nutrients. Due to the herbicide-resistant gene that these plants may have been engineered to have, it
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would be extremely difficult to destroy these crops. These crops can potentially outcompete other plants and destroy other species. Like the Asian silver carp that has been populating the Mississippi River in the United States, invasive species can be detrimental to an ecosystem, from destroying native species to affecting native habitats. One of the many fears of GMO’s is the risk of genetic pollution. These crops that contain the herbicide resistant gene could potentially transmit the gene to the neighboring weeds that farmers are trying to destroy with the herbicide. Shiva argues that “Converting
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  • Fall '07
  • BLAND
  • Genetic Engineering, Genetically modified organism, Famine, genetically modified crops

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