Genetically Modified Foods

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7 billion people live on this Earth with hungry bellies, only 40% of the population are farmers. Farms have acquired a hardship to feed all the hungry mouths. So, like the world changes as do the way of farmers. Many people thought farming was a dying art until foods met with science and technology, giving the world genetically modified foods. Is this harmful to the world? If so, why have people been using it so long?
Farming dates back to the beginning of time. Plants and animals genes have been modified in that time, just not in the lab. Genetically engineered foods are plants or animals that either had a gene removed or added to give the plant or animal a beneficial characteristic like a resistance to disease, improved nutritional value, and better growth. Scientist can even make people that are allergic to a certain thing in the food and remove it for safe consumption. America had a problem with keeping tomatoes fresh on the shelves. The first genetically modified food to reach our tables was the Flavr Savr tomato. Grown in California, the Flavr Savr tomato received Food and Drug Administration approval in 1994, after two years of testing and assessment (Diana). The Flavr Savr tomato actually had a gene removed to keep a longer shelf life. This being said, can genetically modified foods feed the world?
There are other ways people have tried to stop world hunger. Crop biodiversity has made progress. It is an age old insurance policy of farming communities to hedge their risk and plant diverse crops and varieties. The strategy is not to maximize the yield in an optimum year, but to maximise yields over years, good or bad, by decreasing the chance of a crop failure in a year(Tirado). While this sounds promising, it isn’t the sa...

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