Genetically Modified Foods

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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. These are: • Maize • Soybean • Canola • Squash • Potato Crops can be genetically modified to be resistant pest and various diseases this means less use of herbicides and pesticides which have many advantages. Herbicides and pesticides can be a huge expense to farmers so with reducing their use is reducing the cost on the farmers and therefore the cost of the products on consumers. They can also be a cause of pollution especially in coastal areas where surface runoff occurs which harms our marine life and the ecosystem. Herbicides and pesticides can also cause health problems especially for those in developing countries who do not have the protective equipment and clothing readily available. This can also be for those who do not take the time to read the instructions and safety warning on the packaging. They can also be modified to be tolerant to many different conditions such as drought tolerance, sal... ... middle of paper ... ...oncerns involved with genetically modified foods. One of these is using genes from animals in plants and foods. This may pose ethical, religious and philosophical problems. There are concerns in regarding animal welfare. There are also concerns about life becoming a commercial property with the patenting of genetically modified foods. Although there are risks with genetically modifying food there is with most things. It is only in a fairly new stage but it is believed that these positive outcomes from genetically modifying food outweigh the concerns and risks. As said before millions of people have been consuming genetically modified foods and have no side effects. This has the potential to have a huge affect on the world we live in like saving world poverty. This is the new DNA Technology of the 21st century. Let’s take this opportunity to benefit from it.

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