As food regulators, they ensure that the food has enough nutrients and is safe to consume for buyers. (Siedler 57). Foods that are genetically modified should be produced in the United States as they allow for a greater production of crops due to their resistance to disease and decrease in the vulnerability to insects. They also prevent malnutrition among consumers due to their altered nutritional value and offer alternative ways to administer medicine. Genetically modified foods have been proven to be safe for the environment and to the human body.
Growing GM crops can also result in fruits and vegetables that stay fresh for a prolonged period of time and taste better. GM crops also benefit the economy and assist in feeding more people. While we struggle with feeding our population, “The population will continue to grow” (Calandrelli 1) For instance, genetic engineering in agriculture can minimize the cost of producing food. Thus, GMO’s in crops can result ... ... middle of paper ... ... Cons of Genetically Modified Food.” newportnaturalhealth.org. Newport Natural Health, 9 July 2013.
Genetically modified (GM) crops are being developed today to help supply the earths growing population with the plants that we all rely on for survival. Genes are being placed into plants to help them resist the adverse conditions that would have resulted as a loss of yield in the past. Plants are also being transformed to give us the most out of the crops that we grow. Even with these benefits there are perceived consequences that have resulted in much debate about this technology. Arguments from both sides address the same issues from different points of view.
Firstly, farmers do not have to buy and use other insecticides or pesticides, which will overall help their income and even the environment. Another reason GMOs help farmers grow their crops is that they can be modified to help kill weeds. In this case, rather than there being a “weed killer” inside of them, like the insecticide, the plants are modified to do something different. “The two biggest uses for genetic modifi... ... middle of paper ... ...lp grow their crops with made- in insecticides like BT. In addition, some GMOs have plant killer immunization, especially to the weed killer glyphosate.
Well GMO’s allows food flavors to become enhanced because they are engineered, corn can become extra sweeter, peppers can become spicier, and the flavor can be enhanced without losing its nutrients. GMOs have better resistance to diseases, as well as pests. The GMO’s can allow plants have their own vaccine because a vaccine can be encoded into them genetically. Because of genetic modification the crops can be made to carry more vitamins and make it possible to increase the health of the people consuming the food. This benefit is especially important for food consumers in developing countries where people don’t always have access to essential nutritional resources.
Approximately two hundred bushels of corn come from one acre of land. This impressive haul is due largely to industrialized corn; corn that has been modified to create a greater yield. Impressive corn quantity is due to its tolerance against elements of the environment- inc... ... middle of paper ... ...ith the growing corn industry are forced to abandon the practice all together. This mostly occurs when farmers, or outside sources, buy up multiple acres on different lands. Then, they create a large business out of family-farming.
Examples of plants which have been modified include: soybean, corn, canola, squash, potato, chicory, pineapple and strawberries. Ninety eight percent of GM crops are grown in Canada, the USA, Argentina and China. There are many advantages that come with the use of Genetically Modified Food. Firstly, is the increased crop resistance to pests while reducing the use of chemicals. Crop loss due to this issue is devastating to farmers and farmers generally have to use tons of chemical pesticides each year.
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). Despite the obvious benefits of more nutritious foods and crops that are hardier and more resistant to harsher climates, there are some concerns surrounding GM foods.
This process is known as biotechnology or genetic engineering (GE), and it has revolutionized the way that agriculture is practiced in many parts of the world. Researchers are now able to use GE technology to create “better” versions of milk, tomatoes, corn, soybeans and other food products that have been consumed by Humans for centuries. Supporters of genetically modified (GM) foods argue that they have many far-reaching benefits. They say that GM seeds provide economic help to farmers through increased crop yields and lower expenditures on pests. Supports also claim that the technology has important benefits for consumers including lower food costs, more nutritious food and reduced exposure to disease.
Genetically modified foods benefit not only the farmers and ranchers, but the entire population. By modifying the crops, it gives them genes that make them resistant to damaging weeds, yield killing pests, and other diseases that can wipe out a farmer’s field completely. Pests and weeds can become resistant to some of the traits that are put into the crops. A new trait is always under development for seeds because of the resistance. By developing new traits it reduces they reduce the amount of herbicides and pesticides used by farmers.