Before the project, I had some background understanding about what genetically modified organisms (GMO) were thanks to my Environmental class, but I did not have an in depth knowledge of how they work and the effects they have on society. Overall, I viewed GMOs as technological advancements in agriculture which allowed us to eat more developed foods in larger quantities and at cheaper prices. However, I also knew about some of controversial aspects of GMO products like whether or not if they are safe to eat and their environmental risks, so I decided to find some more information about GMOs, specifically on whether or not the benefits of genetically modified soy outweighed the complications involved. Many developing countries such as Argentina have adapted the use of genetically modified soybeans which have allowed an increase in their economy and have lowered the price of food for consumers. On the other hand, the increasing production of these modified soybeans has led to a decrease in biodiversity and introduced health issues to local residents due to the pesticides used on the crops.
Despite the concerns over GMO products, I believe that GMOs have positively impacted the agricultural industry. Thanks to biotechnology GMO foods are made to last longer, have more nutrients, taste better, and yield a greater harvest. Especially in a developing country, GMOs have the capability to provide the resources needed to sustain healthy lifestyles. I would inform Congresswoman da Silva that if she wanted to help form a sustainable economy in that country, growing genetically modified soybeans would be very resourceful. In Argentina, economists have calculated that between 1997 and 2008 soybean exports increased from $3.2 billion to $16.3 billion. This increase in income would help bring the country and citizens out of poverty and increase their standard of living. However, I would also advise the Congresswoman to ensure that there are safety regulations to the production of GM soy to make sure that the major corporations will not displace local farmers and that the land and biodiversity of the country will be preserved. Moderation should also be used when spraying pesticides to decrease biodiversity loss and health problems. Overall, I think that GMOs are a great example of the amazing advancements in technology, and I am positive that continued research in this field will offer even greater benefits for us in the future!