This article is just more scare tactics by a group with an agenda. From the words used to the leading graphics (skulls to describe herbicides…really? How more leading can you get). The fact is that GMO is a modern form of plant breeding which is technology humans have used since the beginning of time. Man has always tried to improve on what currently is. Our modern advancements in science just allow us now to do it more precise and controlled. 40 years ago we could measure things in parts per millions…today we can measure parts per trillion!
The fact is, we are facing a world population of 9 to 10 billion people by 2050. In the next 40 years, we have to produce as much food as we did from today back to the first humans. If not, people are going to starve…will it be my family or yours? We are demanding more out of our planet than ever before while using less resources (yes the urban sprawl has consequences) and less environmental impact. The only way we can get there is to enhance the miracles of nature.
Companies like Monsanto, are shining examples of American ingenuity and drown right hard work and determination. No other country has tackled the food problem like America has. The success of the GMO revolution is evident by the fact that 2012 was the worst draught in the USA since the dust bowl of 1930’s… and still, because of GMO technology, the USA produced its 5th largest corn crop…every!!
Countries like America are feeding the world. Yes there are countries that ban GMO’s but their agricultural is more a societal statement than an effort to be productive an efficient. New Zealand isn’t going to feed the world! America is!
Essay on Pros And Cons of Genetically Modified Foods
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The world has seen many changes and advances over the last century, but possibly none that hold as many possibilities as genetic engineering. Genetic engineering is turning up in more and more places, and it is almost certainly here to stay. Just as computers and plastics changed most aspects of living since they were invented, biological engineering has the potential to do the same in the future. This new technology has a wide range of possible benefits, from helping farmers, to improving foods, to helping the environment, to helping sick people. Genetic engineering may even one day be used to help solve world hunger. However, it also has its dangers and risks, which need to be considered along with its benefits. The fact that not…show more content…
Also discovered were vectors, which are DNA codes that can insert themselves into other separate codes. A virus is an example of a vector. Scientists learned how to build and use special vectors to insert genes of their choice into an organism’s DNA code ("What is Genetic Engineering?"). Numerous techniques (such as selective breeding) have been used for years to change gene codes, but through genetic engineering, scientists can move genes much easier than before and with greater precision ("What are the Dangers?"). Scientists believe that by using these techniques, they will be able to improve the quality and characteristics of food that people eat. Genetically modified food ("GM food") is food with ingredients that have been genetically altered for traits such as larger size, pest resistance in the field, and faster growth. For example, scientists have used this technology to improve a tomato’s ability to resist freezing. To achieve this, a gene from a flounder was added to the tomato’s DNA code, which enable the plant to resist frosts and extends its growing season ("What is Genetic Engineering?"). Another gene was found that could help wheat grow in fields that normally would not support it. Cows with altered DNA can even produce milk that contains chemicals such as human insulin, which diabetics need to survive ("Frequently Asked Questions"). These are all examples of how scientists can use gene-splicing technology to