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Genetically Modified Crops - For the last several decades, the world has been plagued by widespread starvation and poverty. Economies are failing in numerous countries, and developing nations struggle to feed their inhabitants. As a result of the world’s mounting overpopulation, food has become scarce and resources are rapidly dwindling. However, modern science has provided a solution: agricultural biotechnology. Genetically engineered crops represent the bright future of agriculture. Crops like cotton, corn, and soybeans can have genes inserted or deleted into their cell membranes; this modification facilitates pest and virus resistance, drought tolerance, and even provides nutritional enhancement....   [tags: Genetically Modified Foods]
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Benefits of Genetically Modified Crops - Work on plant and human genomes has proceeded in parallel and the progress in this is leading to a greater understanding of agronomic performance and phenotypic appearance through studies of the genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics; which is allowing breeders to identify the genes associated with specific desirable traits which would provide major opportunities for crop improvement (Cockburn 2001). Genetic engineering (GE) or rDNA (recombinant DNA) allows specific genes from an organism to be identified, isolated, copied, and inserted into other organisms with high level of specificity (Poitras 2000, Cockburn 2001, Jordan 2002, Dennis et al....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Foods] 831 words
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The Controversy of Genetically Modified Crops - The Controversy of Genetically Modified Crops     You may know about the emerging field of biotechnology - the medicine, the ethics, the DNA, the Human Genome, etc.  But few realize the emergence of its agricultural branch, and the international conflict that has arisen from it.  It may apply to you more than you thought, for half of the soybean products and a quarter of the corn you ate in 1999 may have been genetically modified (Kaufman A6).  Genetically modified crops (commonly referred to as GMOs) are crops whose characteristics have been altered to produce a favorable trait, whether it be prolonged freshness, a more attractive appearance, or pesticide resistance (Activist 1).  Genetic alteration is the act of inserting a gene, which contains specific DNA (usually from another species), into an organism so that it will produce a protein to create a specific trait.  Many have argued over the ethical appropriateness of the issue, but this time new concerns come into view.  Many consumers all over the world are worried about human safety, environmental preservation, and international trade....   [tags: GMOs Genetically Modified Foods]
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Genetically Modified Crops - Genetically Modified Crops Genetically modified crops (GM crops) climb to the top on the hotly debated issues list of society. In 1996, no GM crops were cultivated on a commercial scale in the United States. In 2002, 75% of soya, 71% of cotton, and 34% of all maize grown in America is GM ("Grim Reaper" 1). Many issues surround this controversial topic such as safety, ethics, and foreign relations. Many of these concerns are well stressed in mass media, but sometimes biased views are the only ones presented....   [tags: GMOs Genetically Modified Foods]
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The Concerns and Disadvantages of Genetically Modified Crops - The Concerns and Disadvantages of Genetically Modified Crops The debate about the safety and need for genetically modified crops and foods has raged since the mid '90s. A lot of time and money has been spent by biotechnology companies, scientists, and governments, to convince people that there is really nothing to worry about, and that this technology will provide benefits to all. But while GM crops are now being used widely by farmers in the USA, consumers in the European Union and Japan have reacted strongly against them1....   [tags: GMOs Genetically Modified Foods] 974 words
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Genetically Modified Crops - Genetically Modified Crops 1. Introduction It is ironic that some individuals, strongly supporting fresh, organic natural vegetables to be delivered to their dinner tables, enjoy purchasing genetically modified crops that make their lives easier. The United States of America is one of the most prominent countries where genetically modified crops are widely adopted, in contrast to Europe where genetically modified food has never gained approval from the public, and Japan where no genetically modified crops are grown commercially....   [tags: Genetic Engineering ]
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Genetically Modified Crops - ... “Aspergillus and other smut fungi produce mycotoxins, including fumonisin, one of the most potent liver carcinogens and fetal teratogens known. They have been linked to high rates of liver cancer in Africa…” and so liver cancer in Africa can be reduced if genetically modified crops are introduced heavily (18). The solution of many health problems can be solved if genetically modified crops are introduced. Another problem in the World today is the global economy. There is a lack of stability in the economy of many countries that makes a prosperous lifestyle difficult to achieve....   [tags: agriculture, genetic engineering, health, economy]
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Genetically Modified Crops - ... They both want the plants to be improved for everyone. The article, “Genetically Modified Food” talks about positive things that can come from modifying the genes of plant including, “Delayed-ripening tomatoes; pest-resistant crops, such as virus-resistant squash and Colorado potato beetle-resistant potato; herbicide-tolerant crops, such as bromoxynil-tolerant cotton and lyphosate-tolerant soybean” (Schneider 1). These qualities make sure that less money is wasted on damaged crops. When fewer crops are ruined there is less food wasted instead of going to someone who needs it....   [tags: GM, food, genetic engineering, danger, benefits]
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British Genetically Modified Crops - ... Threats of crop vandalism holds back UK science and demonstrate the challenges facing UK farming and global food security. Since the farmers will have more time to produce more and the yields will increase dramatically so that means Britan will have a lot more food and the food prices will be down so it will be more affordable for the poor. Although that sounds great the seeds may cause mutations in current weed and pest genes.This will cause a problem to conventional farmers and will have to be constantly monitored by plant specialist....   [tags: UK, farming, food, genetic engineering, Britain]
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The Benefits of Genetically Modified Foods - ... So, consumers need to restrict problems such as the economic crisis, environmental pollution, and health and wellness dangers. The first problem associated with genetically engineered food is economic instability. Genetically engineered foods are too pricey because of the basic resources such as fertilizer, plant, and are very pricey. Genetically Modified Foods state, “Nine companies developing GM crops in the UK agreed to enter into a voluntary ban on the growing of GM crops until 2002, when a government-funded £3.3-million, four-year trial was expected to have assessed the risk to nature posed by GM crops”(Genetically Modified Foods1)....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops]
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Genetically Modified Foods - Genetically modified foods have always been a controversial topic and issue. Moat things do in our day to day lives have benefits and risks. Gene Technology and genetically modified foods are no exception. Throughout this article the pros and cons of genetically modified foods will be looked and an explanation as to why it is one of the best DNA technologies of the 21st century. This judgment follows these criteria that genetically modified food can produce resistant crops to pests and diseases, crops tolerant to various conditions, crops with an increase yield production which can feed a starving world, greater profits, lower costs for consumers and improved quality of food being more nutritious “nutritional enhancement.” There are a number of crops of a number of countries which have been genetically modified....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops] 848 words
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What is Genetically Modified Food? - Genetically modified foods are also known as bio-engineered or genetically engineered foods. They are food products usually commercially produced for public consumption that have been altered with the genetic material from another organism. The organism that is donating its genetic material may be an animal, a plant or a micro organism. In terms of public consumption when describing genetically modified organisms (also known as GMOs) it is usually plants that are altered and modified to enhance traits that are desired or advantageous in some way....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops] 2303 words
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The Dangers of Genetically Modified Foods - “We don’t want no GMOs. We don’t want no GMO’s!” This cry resounds at rallies around the nation where community advocates protest the use of genetically modified foods in the products they consume. Genetically modified foods are not a new commodity, but people have just recently become aware of the dangers of these frankenfoods. Once hailed as scientific miracle foods, these GMO’s quickly infiltrated the public diet. Also, research has revealed the threat of these foods. Though genetically modified foods (GM), offer convenience and low prices, they are dangerous to public health....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops]
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Genetically Modified Foods - Introduction Let’s face it, the term genetically modified (GM) foods is not the most appetizing word in the English language and neither is the term genetically engineered foods for that matter. Whether or not you realize it, you have consumed at least one product that contains genetically modified foods. These “modified foods” are hiding all over your supermarkets and in some instances, there is no way to tell just by looking at it. But, they have been around for more than two decades and it has helped to keep our food supply alive....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops]
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Resistence to Genetically Modified Foods - ... Potential of creating new variants of weeds and pests One major concern raised by lobby groups that fight genetically modified foods is the creation of super weeds by transferring pest-resistance genes from the food crop being targeted (Glass-O'Shea, 2011). Consequences of resistance to genetically modified food Owing to benefits that GM food are able to achieve, there are number of consequences that the world would suffer. Key among the likelihood of effects is low nutritional quality on that have been obtained from conventional food crops such as rice....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops]
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The Promotion of Genetically Modified Foods - The world is changing drastically in many ways. Harsh weather conditions are becoming worse due to the universally known problem of climate change. Droughts, floods, cold conditions in warm places, hot conditions in cool places have made it extremely hard to produce food. Not only has climate change affected the weather it also brings in plagues of pests. The environment is changing due to the effect of human impact and the world’s population is growing at an increasingly high rate. Many people are living in poverty and not receiving the nutrients they need from food....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops]
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Genetically Modified Foods - What is genetically modified food, and is it dangerous. According to Mather’s article, she explains, “Genetic modification refers to the manipulation of DNA by humans to change the essential makeup of plants and animals. The technology inserts genetic material from one species into another to give it a new-quality, such as the ability to produce a pesticide.” Mather also states, “These toxins can produce a serious impact on the health of animals and humans.” Yes, the United States food industry is corrupt when it comes to modified food however, their corruption has yet to be revealed....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops]
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The Dangers of Genetically Modified Foods - Could it be that there are dirty little secrets lurking inside the foods you put on your table. “Do you really know what’s inside the tomato you just put on your salad. Do you care to know if that cheeseburger you just ate is not infused with liquid nitrogen?” There are no notices, no warnings and most definitely no labels. Genetically modified food (GMF, GM Crops, or Bio-Food) are the norm in America today. Some even say we are just another Human Experiment for our American Government. While others claim if it weren't for scientists and their experiments we would never have discovered genetics and DNA....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops]
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Genetically Modified Foods Should be Produced - Genetically modified otherwise known as GM food are organisms which DNA which is genetic material has been altered in a way that is unnatural. The technology that is used for this process has many names such as gene technology, modern biotechnology or generic engineering. Scientists choose selected genes to be taken from one entity and placed into another they may or may not be related. Genetically modified food was first established with the hopes of conquering world hunger by altering various types of crops....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops]
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Are Genetically Modified Foods the Way to Go? - We are consuming genetically modified and processed foods every day. Genetically modified and process foods cover roughly 60 to 70% of our food supply. Supermarket processed food items now "test positive" for the presence of genetically modified ingredients. The "hidden menu" of these unlabeled genetically modified foods and food ingredients in the US now includes soybeans, soy oil, corn, potatoes, squash, canola oil, cotton seed oil, papaya, tomatoes, and dairy products. But genetic manipulation is something so very different....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops]
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Genetically Modified Foods: Feeding the World - ... This modification not only speeds up the process, of evolution, but it also makes the possibilities of the future of our food limitless. Genetically modified organisms provide a great genetic variety, and have many other advantages. They make bigger yields. This means that the very little and quickly shrinking amount of farmland is being used in the most efficient and advantageous way possible. Also genetically modified (GM) crops require little to no herbicide and pesticide. That means that they are great for the environment, because the less herbicide and pesticide used there is a smaller chance of it contaminating surrounding soil, or water....   [tags: Genetically Modified Crops]
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Genetically Modified Foods - ... (b) Foods that taste better and have longer shelf-lives can be created. The first GM food on the market, the Flavr Savr tomato, was one such food designed to delay ripening. (c) One of the more esoteric advantages of genetically modifying food is the production of medicinal edible vaccines. Certain bananas have bacterial and rotaviral antigens. Scientists are also exploring the possibilities of removing the proteins that cause allergies from nuts (like the peanut and the brazil nut). (d) By using GM crops that are inherently disease and pest resistant (like canola), farmers can eliminate the use of pesticides and insecticides....   [tags: Genetically Modified Crops]
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The History of Genetically Modified Foods - This paper discusses genetically modified (GM) foods, the interesting history, and their development. It shows how GM foods have experienced rapid growth over the last ten years. Within the history of these foods, there has been a great deal of controversy and debate of the benefits and risks of GM foods and the production process. Analyzing the current situation around GM foods, this controversy will likely continue for many years to come. Genetically Modified Foods The Early Days and Development of GM Foods In the beginning of genetically modified foods, tomatoes were the first crop to be genetically engineered and grown for commercial use; tobacco had been produced over a decade earlier....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops]
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Genetically Modified Foods - ... Whoa, this does not look good for Evan. After I explained all of this to him, I thought this would have rendered him speechless, but it only made him pause for a few moments. He started off by saying that, “I would not be surprised if biotechnology companies bribed government officials to publish pro-GMO research.” That in itself does not resolve the challenge for Evan. The only way I can think of Evan resolving this challenge is to temporarily remove the label of “deontologist” off the table, and answer from the point of view of a person with no preference to any moral theory....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops]
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The Potential of Genetically Modified Foods - ... GM food opponents also allege that GM foods that are not engineered to provide health-related benefits and even those that are can produce negative health effects. For example, many fear cross-genetics, or the insertion of foreign genes into the human DNA. The presence of potentially toxic materials is also a cause of worry among the general public. However, researchers Michael Antoniou, Claire Robinson, and John Fagan found that among the studies where materials such as proteins from GM foods were found in the subjects’ systems, the evidence for negative health effects was negligible (Antoniou, Robinson, and Fagan)....   [tags: Genetically Modified Crops]
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Genetically Modified Crops - A baker wakes up before dawn to start the run of wheat bread before the bakery doors open for business. A long haul trucker pulls into a truck stop to fill up his fuel tanks with biofuel, and a sugar plant operator in the United States is excited knowing the coming years the plant will have a new breed of sugar beet. This is all part of how genetic modified crops are being produce for human consumption. Genetic modified food crops have advanced agriculture fields to an all-time high. This advancement in genetic modified plants has offered the ability to use fewer pesticides, limit the amount of erosion from plowed ground, and control forbs in crops with herbicides knowing the crop will not die....   [tags: Agriculture]
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The Benefits of Genetically Modified Crops - ... Many people are unsure if experimenting is acceptable, due to long term effects and possibly death. Mutations and permanent damage are very real consequences in this field of science, yet the progress that could be made could potentially save hundreds if not thousands stricken with hereditary illnesses (Bernard 3). People want these cures but aren’t willing to push forward and remain close minded.But when you imagine the treatments already being used on animals in the medical field or even the make-up fields, genetic engineering is just the same....   [tags: Genetic Engineering]
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The Pros and Cons of Genetically Modified Crops - For thousands of years, humans have transformed their surroundings and neighboring organisms to suit their needs. The transformation first took place when humans spread seeds onto the earth to grow their own food, and continued when humans reached out to provide food and shelter to other animals in exchange for labor, companionship and sustenance. When early agriculture proved successful, the best and strongest animals and crops were chosen for the next generation. This was the dawn of genetic modification, and it is as old as agriculture itself....   [tags: biotechnology, genetic engineering ]
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The Risks of Genetically Modified Organisms - ... A non-target species is any organism that is not supposed to be affected by the GM crop, either directly or indirectly. An example of this is an herbivore species that feeds on plants that are in the same field as crops or next to the field which is affected in some way by the GM crop. According to Diana Pilson, a biology professor at the University of Nebraska, and Holly Prendeville, a researcher with a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, in one study conducted illustrating the effect of GMOs on nontarget species, specifically Bt corn pollen’s effect on the monarch butterfly, found that the larvae of monarch butterflies that were fed milkweed leaves dusted with Bt pollen experienced increased mortality rates....   [tags: Genetically Modified Crops]
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Genetically Modified Foods - Public cities around the world are becoming more involved with a wide array of new technologies without realizing it. From super computers that calculate the movement of satellites without human involvement, to handheld personal computers. Consumers abide with an egregious array of brand new scientific advances that are accompanied by confusing new terms. The food and drug administration, commonly known as the F.D.A, is focusing much of their time with food biotechnology. The all-encompassing use of biotechnology when applied to agriculture and food production increases the deeply felt environmental, economic and ethical concern....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops]
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Comparing Genetically Modified Foods and Traditional Foods - ... On the other hand, the use of herbicide on traditional crops may impeded the growth of crops and decrease the yields. Both herbicide and pesticide can also leach from the soil into nearby river or underground water and contaminate human’s drinking water (Robert, Richard, Arthur, Don & Steve, 2010). Fortunately, GM crops managed to overcome these dilemmas. Some GM crops are produced in such a way to be resistant towards common herbicide, like glyphosate. Such crops in the end reduce the use of higher toxicity of herbicide such as, atrazine, metribuzin and alachlor that pose a greater threat to the environment and humans (Martin, Robert & Lloyd, 2008)....   [tags: Genetically Modified Crops]
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Genetically Modified Foods vs. Organic Foods - A new kind of foods called the genetically modified foods has been creating a quiet revolution in the American market for the past several years. Scientists are able to produce these new foods by transferring genes from one organism into another across species boundaries. This new technique has been developed to improve the shelf life, nutritional content, flavor, color, and texture of foods. Since 1994, about 45 genetically modified foods such as tomato, corn, soybeans, canola, and potatoes have been marketed in the United States....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops]
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The Many Benefits f Genetically Modified Foods - ... It is a naturally occurring bacterium that produces crystal proteins, which is deadly to insect larvae, but is perfectly harmless to humans (Halford “Plant Biotech” 29). The success of this delivery process is reflected in the introduction of insect protected potato, cotton and corn products in the US and other countries. The gene Bt is directly transferred into plants to produce its own pesticides against insects. “Approximately 1.8 acres of genetically modified insect protected...were grown in the US in 1996” (Kotsnosis 79)....   [tags: Genetically Modified Crops]
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Advantages and Problems of Genetically Modified Agricultural Crops - Advantages and Problems of Genetically Modified Agricultural Crops Genetically Modified food (GM) is most commonly used to refer to crop plants created for human or animal consumption, using the latest molecular biology techniques. These plants have been modified in the laboratory to enhance desired traits such as increased resistance to herbicides or improved nutritional content. Genetic engineering can create plants with the extract desired trait, both accurately and rapidly....   [tags: GMOs Genetically Modified Foods] 676 words
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Commercialization of Genetically Modified Foods - Commercialization of Genetically Modified Foods Following a for year investigation into the effects of genetically modified crops on the environment, it was found that 2 out of 3 types of genetically modified crops tested were more harmful to the environment. Plus, the only genetically modified crop to be less harmful to the environment was compared to crops that were sprayed with the now illegal herbicide, atrazine. So many experts have dismissed those results until tests with a suitable alternative have been made....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops] 1298 words
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Genetically Modified Foods - Genetically Modified Foods Genetically modified crops are harmful to humans and the environment and shouldn't be used. Agriculture should proceed in harmony with nature and nature only. That is why some people have decided to buy organically grown food. From their experiences with organic food, they believe that the organic system can be economically practical. This system also provides a wide range of environmental and social benefits, and most importantly, it enables consumers to make a choice about the food they eat....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops] 612 words
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Genetically Modified Foods -      Genetically modified food and agricultural biotechnology have generated a lot of interest and controversy worldwide. Some like the technology's benefits while others raise questions about environmental and food safety issues. Crop varieties developed by genetic engineering were first introduced for commercial production in 1996. Today, these crops are planted on more than 167 million acres worldwide. U.S. farmers are by far the largest producers of genetically modified (GM) crops (6)(8).      Genetically Modified Crops are foods that have had a gene extracted from a living thing, which has been placed into a different food by a scientist....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops]
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Genetically Modified Foods - Genetically Modified Foods During the last few decades, the field of genetics has been significantly advanced. One of these advancements is the understanding of how genes affect an organism. Through this understanding, geneticists have begun to alter the natural genes found in food. The altercation of genes in food has given these foods the name genetically modified. Currently, the affect of genetically modified food on humans and the environment is a controversial topic among geneticists and environmentalists worldwide....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops]
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Biotechnology and Genetically Modified Foods - Biotechnology and Genetically Modified Foods Are genetically modified foods safe. Genetically modified foods are crop plants created for human or animal consumption using molecular biological techniques. These plants have been modified to enhance certain traits like increased resistance to herbicides or improve nutritional content. This process traditionally has been done through breeding, but is not very accurate. Scientists have been using biotechnology to implant the gene that makes the plants act the way they want them to....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops] 1029 words
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Genetically Modified Foods - Genetically Modified Foods Throughout time there have been many changes in the types of food we eat. There have been changes in the way food is grown and produced. Many people are unaware of what they are actually eating when they buy vegitables at the grocery store. The new changes in the foods today, are known as GM, genetically modified foods. Many people do not support the growing and consuming of genetically modified foods but I do. The term GM foods or GMO’s means genetically modified organisms....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops] 713 words
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Genetically Modified Foods - Genetically Modified Foods With an ever-growing population and the problems of world hunger, there has been a high demand for an increased food supply and a better food supply. Technology has been called upon to meet this challenge. The advent of genetically engineered foods, sometimes called transgenic crops or genetically modified foods, is not a new concept, but the controversy over it is. Can these "frankenfoods" be harmful to humans. What are their effects on the environment. The following paper will focus on such questions as well as providing a better understanding of what genetically modified foods are and how they should be regulated....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops]
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The Problems With Genetically Engineered and Modified Foods - Genetically engineered and modified foods have recently developed into one of the most widely debated issues in the United States. Arguments aside, the problem is going to be one that the world is going to have to feel the results of, whether prepared or not. Newly expanded research regarding biotechnology presents a willing audience with a whole new outlook on just how far scientific investigation and expansion can go. The accelerating rate, at which these new progressions are being made, is a potential threat to the health of the people who are deemed the so called guinea pigs....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops]
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The Incredible Potential of Genetically Modified Foods - Virtually every crop we eat have undergone hundreds of years of genetic modification by farmers and scientist in search of desirable traits. Selective breeding and hybrid strains have contributed immeasurably to farm productivity during this time. Over the past 30 years however, genetic engineering has been revolutionized. While before, a farmer wanting to develop a frost resistant tomato would be able to breed towards one only if the necessary genes were available somewhere in tomatoes or a near relative to tomatoes, modern biological engineering techniques overcome such restrictions....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops] 773 words
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Evaluation of Genetically Modified Foods - Evaluation of Genetically Modified Foods Humans have been modifying their food for thousands of years. Until the 20th century, this had to be done by breeding desirable characteristics into crops. This method requires a lot of effort and is rather imprecise. Genetic modification has enabled us to add qualities to crops that no amount of traditional breeding could. But in the 1960s, scientists made huge breakthroughs in their understanding of genetics. Many recognised that this new knowledge had the potential to revolutionise food production, creating huge benefits for the world....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops] 672 words
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The Dangers of Genetically Modified Foods - With progress in genetic engineering, farmers and scientists have changed the way in which food is grown and made, raising questions about these methods and their possible risks and effects. What is clear is that there is not enough information on the consequences of genetically modified foods on human health as of yet. Furthermore no agreement among the scientific community has been reached on the risks or safety of this technology, although it seems to possess wide, uncertain and, potentially dangerous implications for human health, which are inextricably linked to moral/ethical concerns....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops] 1400 words
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The Dangers of Genetically Modified Foods - Should genetically engineered food be grown and sold. Recently more and more foods that we buy from the supermarket are involved in the manipulation of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) also known as genetic engineering or gene technology. but should genetic engineered food be sold to us the consumers even if we don’t know that it has been altered. Like every issue genetic engineering has its good points and it’s bad points. It is good for financial reasons, it would create more jobs, it could create better quality foods for lower prices and help solve world hunger but in the long run it could turn out a disaster, causing pollution, killing crops, animals or even us, is it such a good idea to play with gods creations....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops] 810 words
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Genetically Modified Foods - The world has come to a point where anything and everything can be customized; yet never could one have foreseen the customization of life forms. The term “genetically-modified organisms” (GMO’s), is most commonly used to refer to crop plants created for human or animal consumption using the latest molecular biology techniques (Whitman, 2000). GMO’s offer dramatic promise for some of the greatest challenges of the century, however, like all new technologies, they also possess risks more imperative than benefits....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops] 1421 words
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Genetically Modified Foods - Genetic engineering is vastly becoming the hot topic of debate, not only in the science world but also on a global scale. It is becoming increasingly evident that with our population trends continuing to rise, there either simply isn’t enough food production from agriculture to sustain the world’s requirements or the distribution of consumption of primary production from this agriculture is greatly unequal. Genetically modifying food is one possible solution that is already being heavily researched and tested, and is receiving its fair amount of praise for growing crops and raising livestock more efficiently and effectively as well as environmentally friendly ideals and management of natural resources....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops] 1489 words
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Genetically Modified Foods and the Bible - Everyday science and new technology are digging their roots deeper into society. Biotechnology is expanding continuously with new fields of research. Genetic engineering has swallowed today’s world and many people don’t even realize it. Genetically modified foods are in our diets and on the shelves in the supermarket. We are being introduced to new types of food, ones that are more healthy and fresh than before. This modifying process is taking place in biotechnical laboratories all over the world, where scientists study which genes are strong and which ones are weak....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops]
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The Genetically Modified Foods Controversy - The past twenty years have seen rise to a new burgeoning scientific field: genetically modified foods. During the plant breeding process, geneticists interfere with the reproduction and modify the genes of the new seedling by introducing a fragment of DNA from another organism that possesses the desired trait. With genetic modification, scientists can increase the pest, herbicide, cold, and drought tolerance so that the crop can survive in harsher climates. In some cases, the nutritional value can even be increased (Ulrich 9)....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops 2014]
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Pros and Cons of Genetically Modified Foods - The most wonderful activity a human being can experience is new flavors and foods. For example, the first time a person tastes a delicious juicy piece of prime rib or a delightful hamburger with cheese and ham, his world is never the same. However, since the beginning of the twentieth century, the production of food has been supplemented by science. This has triggered an angry dispute between the people who support the advances of biotechnology and people who love nature. In order to understand the controversy, we have to know the meaning of genetically modified foods....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops] 1288 words
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Pros And Cons of Genetically Modified Foods -      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....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops]
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Risks and Benefits of Genetically Modified Foods - Risks and Benefits of Genetically Modified Foods Ideally, the debate over whether or not to allow the widespread use of genetically modified products would take the form of a scientific cost-benefit analysis, in which the expected gains were weighed against the potential risks. In such a scenario, one would imagine that genetically modified products would then be divided into three categories: those whose proposed benefits clearly outweigh their possible dangers; those whose possible dangers clearly outweigh their proposed benefits; and those whose dangers and benefits are too closely matched to make a final determination based on anything more than guesswork....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops]
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Our Planet Needs Genetically Modified Foods - Our Planet Needs Genetically Modified Foods Throughout the advancing technology of today, the human culture is becoming futuristic with science and all of its components. Genetically modifying foods presents positive opportunities in agriculture and human health. Furthermore, more scientifically advanced modifications that select genetically superior plants, have enhanced the yield of crops, improved storability, and increased disease resistance. To simply remove genes from one organism and transfer them to another is generally harmless if we take appropriate precautions....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops]
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We Must Ban Genetically Modified Foods - Giant transnational companies are carrying out a dangerous global experiment by introducing large numbers of genetically engineered foods into our diet. Genetic manipulations can result in unanticipated harmful effects, and because genetically engineered foods are not tested sufficiently, this experiment not only jeopardizes the health of individuals, but could also lead to global food shortages and extensive ecological hazards.Due to genetically modified food's unique and unknown nature, there is potential for adverse health side effects....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops] 733 words
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Genetically Modified Foods: The Answer to World Hunger - Genetically Modified Foods: The Answer to World Hunger Genetically modified (GM) foods have become omnipresent over the past decade. They are a technological breakthrough that allows humans to manipulate and add foreign genes to crops to enhance desired traits, but they have also evolved into a controversial issue, especially for Third World countries. Some people believe that GM foods not only provide larger yields to feed hungry citizens in Third World countries, but they can also be a source of great nutritional value....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops]
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Looking at Both Sides of the Genetically Modified Foods Issue - Looking at Both Sides of the Genetically Modified Foods Issue        Genetically modified (GM) foods hold many promises for improving life. With their amazing breakthroughs, biotechnology firms have manipulated the genetic structure of many high-demand crops, bestowing them with amazing properties. Natural herbicide and pesticide-producing genes have been inserted into corn to kill off weeds and pests without directly poisoning the environment. Production costs and maintenance time have been decreased through genes that bestow rapid growth and hardiness in tomatoes....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops]
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Gentically Modified Foods - GM Foods and World Hunger The world population is over 6 billion and is expected to double in the next 50 years. To ensure an adequate and reliable source of food for this amount of people is going to be a challenge. The argument that hunger is a complex socioeconomic phenomenon, tied to lack of resources to grow or buy food, is correct. Equally correct is the argument that existing food supplies could adequately feed the world population. But how food and other resources are distributed among individuals, regions, or the various nations is determined by the complex interaction of market forces and institutions around the world....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops] 1210 words
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Genetically Engineered Crops: Their Potential Use for Improvement of Human Nutrition - “Genetically Engineered Crops: Their Potential Use for Improvement of Human Nutrition” was written by Dr. Lin Yan and Dr. Philip S. Kerr. The focus of the article was to discuss research being done to help feed the increasing world population with new scientific discoveries that have been made since World War Two. The most monumental discoveries have been the discovery of “chemical processes to reduce nitrogen and ammonia” as well as fertilizers with nitrogen in them and chemical pesticides to control insects....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops] 994 words
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The Controversy Over Genetically Modified Foods ( GMOs) - The Controversy Over Genetically-modified Foods The genetic engineering of foods has, in one sense, been in existence for hundreds of years. The first time Gregor Mendel bred different varieties of pea plants to observe the various traits present in their offspring, the concept was born. Today, genetic engineering has developed into one of the most complex and advanced fields of scientific thinking, all the while provoking many questions and acquiring many opponents along the way. While there are compelling arguments presented for each side of the issue, the simple fact is that genetically modified (GM) foods are a reality, especially in the United States, as they are already present in many products that are consumed on a daily basis....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops]
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Genetically Modified Foods: We Must Proceed Cautiously - INTRODUCTION Genetic engineering (GE) or genetic modification (GM) are both terms used to describe methods “ to cut up and join together genetic material and especially DNA from one or more species of organism and to introduce the result into an organism in order to change one or more of its characteristics”. Genetic technologies in crops involve the use of GE to change the make-up of certain plants in order to improve their quality or quantity. This essay will critique the following inference that: For centuries human beings have used conventional techniques of selective breeding and cross-breeding of animals and plants to add desired characteristics and reduce or eliminate unwanted ones....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops]
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Genetic Modified Foods - Genetic modification of organisms in general is a biotechnological process that forces genes to behave according to certain characteristics. Changing characteristics of organisms is based on changing their DNA (tech deoxyribonucleic acid; the acid which carries genetic information in a cell). It is being used for modifying genes in plants, animals or micro-organisms. It is being also used especially with food in order to improve the nutritious quality, make less use of chemicals such as pesticides, which proved to be extremely harmful, and sometimes to add flavour....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops] 1685 words
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The Benefits of Genetically Engineered Foods - I. Introduction: Genetically engineered foods could produce many benefits for our future because GE foods could promote longevity on the shelves of the stores, could be produced in drought ridden countries, and could enhance vitamins that are lacking in some countries. II. Background section A. Facts on Linda Bren and the FDA facts. B. FDA states that GE foods are as safe as commercial foods. C. Most grocery stores contain GE products. D. Adds longer shelf life to foods. E. State how no GE foods contain animal DNA yet....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops]
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Pros and Cons of Genetically Engineered Foods - Introduction The use of genetically engineering in agriculture and food production has an impact, not only on the environment and biodiversity, but also on human health. Therefore, thorough biosafety assessment requires, not only an evaluation of environmental impacts of genetically engineered organisms, but also an assessment of the risks that genetically engineered food pose for the health of consumers. Let us take deeper look at some of the aspects related to genetically engineered foods. What is Genetic Engineering....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Crops] 2015 words
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Genetically Engineered Food Crops: Benefits Outweigh Risks - Genetically Engineered Food Crops: Benefits Outweigh Risks Genetically engineered (GE) food crops have caused heated debate in the food industry for many decades and have caused many consumers major concern. According to Dr. Carroll Rawn, a biology professor at Seton Hall University, genetically engineering food entails taking genes from a certain crop and inserting those genes in the DNA of another. This process changes the nucleotide sequence of the crop and, therefore, its characteristics....   [tags: GMOs Genetically Modified Foods]
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Genetically Engineered Crops - Genetically Engineered Crops Chemical and seed companies have been working the last several years to alter the genetic make-up of certain crops to combat heavy pressure from insects and weeds. Through genetic manipulation plant breeders have been able to make certain crops resistant to different types of chemicals and insects. Breeders can alter the crops by adding to a specific plant one or more genes from other related crops with a known resistance to an insect or herbicide The use of genetically engineered crops has become a hotly debated topic over the last couple of years....   [tags: GMOs Genetically Modified Foods]
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Effects of Genetically Modified Foods - ... Now all genetic engineering is, is the process of speeding up natural evolution. Over time plants and animals will naturally evolve to survive in their habitat, their genes will alter and there characteristic eventually start to change. This process of evolution usually takes hundreds of thousands of years, humans for example have come a long way from some of the oldest human skeletons the Neanderthal or as many people know the cave man, we have evolved by becoming smarter and smarter over thousands of years to survive all the obstacles that are thrown at us in life....   [tags: food, chemicals, demand, crops, agriculture]
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Genetically Engineered Crops are an Improvement and Potential Disaster - Genetically Engineered Crops are an Improvement and Potential Disaster Worldwide, more than one billion people are plagued by hunger (Zalik). According to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications, more than 800 million of those are malnourished. It also predicts that over the next fifty years the total amount of available farm land per person will be halved, meaning that global cereal yield will have to increase by 80% over the 1990 amount to feed the burgeoning population ("Benefits ....   [tags: GMOs Genetically Modified Foods] 1997 words
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History Genetically Modified Organisms - ... With the recent advancement made through understanding gene expression, transcriptional regulation and signal transduction, within the plant responses to drought. (ISAAA 2008). There are also studies that have increased the understanding of regulatory networks controlling the drought stress and this was the pathway to practical approaches for engineering drought tolerance (Umezawa T 2006). Crops are more disease resistant than non-genetically modified organism. The genes could be extracted from plant pathogens themselves through coating the protein-mediated plant with viral resistance and with toxin-inactivating protein-mediated bacterial resistance....   [tags: Genetically Modified Organism]
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Genetically Modified Food Must be Regulated - ... 4. Environmental safety Genetically engineered foods have been said to require less pesticide. The fact is that new genetically engineered crops can withstand pesticides. However, the same pesticides are sold by the same companies. The biotech supporters say that the new crops preserve the environment. A recent study by the National Academy of Science has criticized the use of genetically modified products because they "introduce new allergens, toxins, disruptive chemicals, soil-polluting ingredients, mutated species, and unknown protein combinations into our bodies and into the whole environment" (Khan, Muafia, Nasreen, and Salariya 7)....   [tags: Genetically Modified Crop Safety]
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Labeling Genetically Modified Products - ... Those who argue for the labeling of such products argue that consumers have a right to know what is contained in their food, particularly food products for which there have been health and environmental concerns (Caswell 26). Compulsory labeling will permit consumers to identify and avoid those food products that may cause them problems. On the contrary, those who argue against mandatory labeling point out that labeling of GE food products to favor a section of consumers would impose extra costs to other consumers....   [tags: crops, agriculture, food, public policy, toxic]
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Genetically Modified Organisms in Food - Genetically Modified Organisms in Food Tomatoes, soy beans and McDonald’s French fries- what all of these things have in common. They are all some of the most commonly genetically modified foods on the market today. With scientists in the race to invent newer and better everythings, genetically modified organisms, or “GMOs” have become a hot topic of research in just the past 10 years. By using the genetic information from one organism, or the “DNA” and splicing it with the DNA of another, scientists can make food crops grow bigger, stay fresh longer, or even create their own pesticides....   [tags: GMOs Genetically Modified Foods] 1010 words
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Benefits of Genetically Modified Organisms - Benefits of Genetically Modified Organisms We live in a world that is constantly changing and advancing thanks to technological advancements, especially in the field of molecular genetics. Today, we are discovering and implementing new ways to overcome the ill-fated symptoms developed as a result from poor health or accidents. We are also making advancements in the field of agriculture thanks to molecular genetics. As we all know, food is an essential entity in our lives and is abundant as well as relatively easy to obtain here in the United States....   [tags: GMOs Genetically Modified Foods]
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Genetically Modified Food - Genetically Modified Food Genetically modified (GM) is widely available in the USA, but is viewed with suspicion by the overwhelming majority or people in Europe. To meet the increasing food needs of a growing world population, science has discovered the technique of genetically modifying plants and crops to enhance crop yield and create superior and stronger varieties of crops and fruits. These genetically modified plants are used as medicines and vaccines, foods and food ingredients, feeds and fibres....   [tags: GMOs Genetically Modified Foods] 429 words
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Genetically Modified Plants in Agriculture - Genetically Modified Plants in Agriculture The use of agriculture to grow edible plants is an essential step in the worldwide goal of nations to maintain self-sufficiency. Through agriculture, crops are raised by the cultivation of soils, in conjunction with the biological processes that allow for plant growth. In recent years, genetic engineering has enabled plant scientists to insert genes from one type of plant species, which will express a desired trait, into a different plant species that had not been able to obtain the genes through cross fertilization or other natural pathways....   [tags: GMOs Genetically Modified Foods]
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The Safety and Marketability of Genetically Modified Corn - The Safety and Marketability of Genetically Modified Corn Since Kraft Foods recently had to recall taco shells made from corn that was approved for human consumption, Arnold Weigand didn't know whether or not he should avoid growing any genetically modified corn. A study was conducted to examine whether or not growing genetically modified corn was a sound economical decision for Arnold Weigand. The problems with gentically modified corn, the dangerous chemicals in genetically modified corn, and the testing that has been done on genetically modified corn was reviewed....   [tags: GMOs Genetically Modified Foods] 521 words
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Genetically Modified Organisms - ... Doctor Terje Traavik describes the difference in GMOS compared to natural breeding as, “genetic modification represents a more precise, but not fundamentally different, kind of breeding or cultivation. This must be rejected because unnatural recombinations are created. Genetic material is recombined between species for which there is no, or very low, probability of natural progeny.” The benefits of GMOs are very high, but there are some risks involved with genetically enhancing the food that humans and animals consume....   [tags: Genetically Modified Foods]
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Genetically Modified Grain - Genetically Modified Grain Thesis: Genetically Modified Grain has many benefits and problems which have become very controversial. While these problems need to be addressed, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. GMO grain should be grown and foods containing them should not be required to bare a label. Introduction Genetically improved crops are not a new phenomenon. Plants have been selectively crossbred for centuries to develop heartier and more productive hybrids. Now, Biotechnology offers us the ability to transfer desired traits into plants much faster and more selectively by merely transplanting the desired gene into the grain....   [tags: GMOs Genetically Modified Foods]
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The Harm of Genetically Modified Organisms - The Harm of Genetically Modified Organisms Genetic Modification is when the genetic make-up of a living organism is altered (1). This can be done by changing an existing section of DNA or by inserting a new gene (4). Genetic Modification began in the late 1970’s (6). It can be used between different species for example from a plant to a human or an animal to a human. It is often used to enhance the flavour of foods as well as to improve the size and quantity of foods like tomatoes....   [tags: GMOs Genetically Modified Foods] 1017 words
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The Problem of Genetically Modified Foods - Contrary to popular belief, the field of biotechnology is not new by any means. Archeological evidence shows that ancient Egyptians produced beer by steeping a starch source in water and then fermenting it with yeast, thus, the first form of biotechnology. Flash-forward to the mid-1800’s, scientists, with the help of Gregor Mendel’s laws of genetics, were able to successfully practice “selective breeding” amongst their crops. With this, the field of biotechnology took a huge turn. Scientists now had the understanding necessary to manipulate plants and mate them based on their desired traits....   [tags: GMOs, Genetically Modified Organisms 2014]
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