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Government Restriction of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

Question: Should the government restrict genetically modified organisms (GMOs)?

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The use and effects of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) have not yet been studied sufficiently to allow scientists or lawmakers to assess the associated risks and benefits. While limited studies on genetically engineered crops have identified certain potential benefits such as reduced environmental impacts from pesticides, soil conservation, increased yield, and remediation of pollutedsoils and waters, scientists have also identified very serious potential risks such as invasiveness, direct and indirect nontarget effects on beneficial and native organisms, new viral diseases, and unexpected consequences (Wolfenbarger and Phifer 2000). Considering the dangers posed to the environment by the ...

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The solution addresses the controversial question of whether or not government should restrict genetic modification of organisms.