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Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs): Home

Stay informed. Learn what GMOs are, what laws regulate them, and why this is an issue that you should be concerned about.

About this Guide

This guide was created to support the various students who are interested in researching GMOs. All the resources listed throughout this guide can be found in the Leeward CC Library, can be sent from another UH-System Library to Leeward CC Library (free of charge), or are accessible online.

GMOs

What are they?
Genetically Modified Organisms - Plants or animals that have been genetically engineered to take on particular traits or characteristics (e.g. resistance to the perils of insects and herbicides)

Why should I care about this topic?
You should always care about what you're putting into your body and the affects that certain practices are having on the environment. Worldwide, 30 developed countries restrict or prohibit the production of GMOs. The American government's regulation of GMOs, however, is noticeably lax.

When did this become a major issue?
In 1996, genetically enginereed seeds were commercially released; these seeds now account for the vast majority of genetically engineered crops.

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