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Legalities should be kept separate from farming

Genetically Modified Organisms, otherwise known as GMOs, are just about everywhere nowadays. Ranging from someone’s pet dog to a banana, GMOs have been created in many cases to make the comfort of human life all the more better.

GMOs have gotten a bit of a bad reputation in recent years with misinformation being spread about how they are the absolute worst for human consumption compared to non-GMO or organic food. In some cases, individuals are willing to state that GMOs will give you cancer or cause other terminal conditions. This is not true and is the product of fear mongering with GMOs being the only reason why some states have the ability to feed their populations. Without GMOs, some farms would not be able to support the size of crops that they do.

Ranging from selective breeding to direct changes of the genetic code, most of the GMOs inconspicuously come to the population on a dinner plate. The real issue with GMOs can be the laws pertaining to them, as the actual genome or genetic code of a specific type of GMO can or has been legally patented. This patenting of genomes can create serious legal situations because somewhere along the line, a GMO got cross-pollinated by a regular plant.

Even though it is completely out of the control of humans, it technically can allow for some funky legal work. This is most common from the GMO seed selling giants such as Monsanto, which has very strict protections on their potential plants.

Since GMOs truly have the ability to feed larger amounts of people and keep hunger from affecting an even larger portion of humans, they should be available to all who wish to grow them. There should not be a single entity, corporation or otherwise, that can hold all rights to a GMO since in most cases, a GMO can be created just by picking the biggest apples from a tree.

GMO strains should be accessible by anyone who wants to be able to use them and not be legally patented. Not only does this allow for a freer market and ease, but it also gives those who choose to use GMO seed to grow crops less to worry about in the legal world.

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