Benefits of Genetically Modified Foods

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For the entire length of human existence, people have sought to better technology in order to advance society. In agriculture, the newest technology to improve crops is modifying genes directly through biotechnology. Genetically modified (GM) foods have foreign genes implemented into their genetic code in order to achieve a desired trait. (Phillips, 2008) These crops can have the potential to reduce pesticide use, increase nutrients, resist pests and damaging herbicides, increase yield, and provide medical benefits. (Phillips, 2008) The implementation of new technology is often highly appreciated by consumers when it leads to products that are more efficient and available compared to their predecessors, though genetically modified foods are a very different story. Controversies surround the genetically modified movement with concerns over safety despite the fact that modified foods have yet to be deemed harmful to human health through scientific testing. (Entine, 2013) In fact, because the risks of genetically modified foods are accessed as very similar to risks of ingesting standard crops, there is debate present within the scientific community whether or not genetically altered food should even need to be differentiated from conventionally grown crops. Rampant and often misguided criticism of genetically modified foods leads to many negative assumptions that cause unwarranted fear among consumers. Despite the controversy and social stigma surrounding genetically modified foods, their potential benefits should be recognized as they can help people both now and in the future. Many of the negative connotations associated with GM crops likely stem from the plants apparent unnatural origin. While the concept of gene modi... ... middle of paper ... ... Resistant Technology. (n.d.). Bt Insect Resistant Technology. Retrieved May 13, 2014, from http://www.isaaa.org/resources/publications/pocketk/6/default.asp Whitman, D. (2000). Genetically Modified Foods: Harmful or Helpful? CSA. Retrieved May 15, 2014, http://www.nature.com/scitable/topicpage/genetically-modified-organisms-gmos-transgenic-crops-and-732 Toxicological Sciences. (2003). The Safety of Genetically Modified Foods Produced through Biotechnology. Retrieved May 15, 2014, from http://toxsci.oxfordjournals.org/content/71/1/2.full Life Science: Session 5. (n.d.). Life Science. Retrieved May 15, 2014, from http://www.learner.org/courses/essential/life/session5/closer1.html King, J. (n.d.). The Most Common Insecticide Found in Polluted Water.Home Guides. Retrieved May 16, 2014, from http://homeguides.sfgate.com/common-insecticide-found-polluted-water-79354.html
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