Supports also claim that the technology has important benefits for consumers including lower food costs, more nutritious food and reduced exposure to disease. GM technology could improve the health of hundreds of millions of people around the world. They point out that scientists have already made genetically modified rice, wheat, fruits and other foods that are more nutritious to eat then their traditionally grown food. GM expert Peter Pringle notes that researchers have even developed a genetically modified soybean that elevates omega-3 acids in the blood. Found naturally in salmon, trout and fresh tuna.
Crops that have been genetically modified to have a particular trait can decrease the amount of herbicides needed for growing that crop. Additionally, genetically modified (GM) crops can help third world countries, where malnutrition is common. For example, to help diminish nutrient deficiencies in developing countries, “plans were underway to develop a golden rice that also has increased iron content”(Whitman 2). In addition, GM crops can be modified to be able to “withstand the environmental challenges of drought, disease, and insect infestation” (Swenson 1). Growing GM crops can also result in fruits and vegetables that stay fresh for a prolonged period of time and taste better.
Modifying the genes is a more precise way to do this. Genetic Modification improves food and is safe. Genetic modification is a scientific way to enhance crops. The article “Genetically Modified Food” explains this by saying; “A genetically modified (GM) food is a result of recombinant DNA biotechnological procedures that allow the genetic Makeup of an organism to be modified. This can be accomplished by incorporating genes from other organisms of by rearranging genes already present” (Schneider 1).
There are a lot of benefits like it it said in article by the Office of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy “ one of the pros of genetically modified crops is a better taste, increased nutrients, resistance to disease and pests, and faster output of crops”. So this is saying that GMOs are good because you can get more nutrients out of them and grow them faster and with less water. Also The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations said in an article that “research shows that farmers can grow more food on less land with genetically modified crops”. Also GMO’s also conserve water and save the environment so In theory, genetically modified crops will also be more environmentally friendly because they conserve water, soil, and energy. But GMO 's are not just for plants they are also for animals in an article by the wall street journal it says that “Genetically modified animals have certain genes inserted into their genomes so that they can produce ‘better’ milk, eggs, and meat.
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.
Genetically modified crops (transgenic) may provide increased profits to farmers while providing cheaper and more nutritious food. Genetic engineering also has helped make crops available that could not otherwise tolerate adverse environmental conditions .This is particularly useful to countries with extreme weather climates such as Ethiopia , Sudan when before hand , they couldn’t produce many crops of their own , and relied heavily on international aid. The genetically modified crops are capable of resisting pests, generating higher yields, and producing food with high nutrient content. They are considered an effective means of dealing with pest problems while reducing production costs. Another of genetic engineering is that diseases could be prevented by detecting people that are genetically prone to certain hereditary diseases, and preparing for the inevitable.
The genetically modified crops are those crops whose genetic material has been altered. Oniang'o (2011) identified that genetically modified foods can be achieved through: • Traditional variety and breeding • Scientific modification of the crops (p. 1). The major focus is on scientific modification of food and its role in the eradication of poverty and hunger across the globe. With research findings such traditional biotechnology which has the potential of producing quality and yields of plants and animals by means such as selective breeding, biotechnology through innovations and developments of genetic engineering have lead to increased agricultural production. Genetic engineering produces foods of high quality and super foods that are less costly to produce grow rapid in large quantities and are vastly nutritious in micronutrients.
The agriculture industry will soon be 100 percent genetically modified foods because of the demand. It increases shelf life of the foods, creates higher yields, better flavor and nutritional value, and most importantly makes the plants resistant to pests, weeds, and fungi or diseases. With agriculture being the leading industry it is important these crops are raised to perfection. Genetically modified organisms are the best way to make these crops create the yields to fit the demand of the world.
Nutritionally enhanced crops can be used as a tool to increase the growth and nutritional value of staple foods that make up the primary diets in many countries. Works Cited “Genetically Modified Foods Have Benefits, Risks, Who Says.” US Fed News Service, Including US State News. 24 Jun 2005. ProQuest. Web.
So instead of scientists using breeding they use a method known as genetic engineering, which can create plants with desired a lot faster and with more accuracy. An example of genetic engineering in plants is, a scientist can take a gene from a crop that has drought tolerance and put that gene into another plant to give the plant more drought tolerance. Other examples of genetic engineering are the placement of genes into plants that produce crystals that will kill insects that try to eat off the plants, creating a natural p... ... middle of paper ... ...h proper nutrition. Criticisms that are against genetically modified foods are unintended harm to other species. The unintended harm comes from the genes is some crops that cause some insects to die.