preview

Genetically Modified Foods and Organisms

Good Essays
According to Bakshi (p.211), the use of biotechnology in agricultural production is a major tool for enhancing food security and sustaining the environment. Biotechnology is considered important in addressing the challenge of food availability, alleviation of poverty and environmental conservation. In this regard (Tramper et al 408), it is important to note that GMOs are produced by the introduction of extra genetic information into a certain organism through genetic engineering. The methods are a natural creation of the strategies hitherto employed with an aim of getting different varieties and strains. While some have seen GMOs as a solution to hunger, others have considered this innovation a danger as far as food security is concerned. This is to imply that though GMOs have been touted as being beneficial, the disadvantages of GMOs surpass the benefits.
Those in support of GMOs are driven by various technological traits under the developments they maintain hold a promise to boost crop output at affordable prices. This is in addition to major advantages to the consumers with more environmental preservation strategies (Leggie and Durant 59). The proponents present the input trait invention, which seeks to cultivate bioengineered elements into the crops with an aim of substantially reducing the incorporation of environmentally dangerous pesticides. They also present the output trait invention, which seeks to bioengineer attributes into the seeds with an aim of bolstering nutrition, shelf life and quality. In this regard, most scientists maintain that GMOs become mini factories in future, and would address malnutrition within the developing nations (Leggie and Durant 59). There is also the agronomic trait invention, which seeks to ...

... middle of paper ...

...mers Trust for Information: The Case of Genetically Modified Food?” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 86.5(2004): 1222-1229
Isaac, Grant, and Phillips Peter. “Market Access and Market Acceptance for Genetically Modified Products.” Proceedings of NE-165 Conference, Washington D. C.: London School of Economics, 2000. Print.
Leggie Jerome, and Durant Robert. “Public opinion, risk assessment, and biotechnology: lessons from attitudes toward genetically modified foods in the European Union.” Review of Policy Research 27.1(2010): 59-76.
Moon Wanki, and Balasubramanian Siva. “Public Attitudes toward Agro-biotechnology: The Mediating Role of Risk Perceptions on the Impact of Trust, Awareness, and Outrage.” Review of Agricultural Economics 26.2(2004): 186-208.
Qaim Martin and Kouser Shahzad. “Genetically modified crops and food security.” PLoS ONE 8.6(2013): e64879
Get Access