There are two main types of GM crops that are in commercial use around the world. These are either crops that have been developed to be resistant to certain crop pests, or crops that have been developed to be resistant to a particular herbicide (weed killer)(5). Genetically Modified Crops are made for many different purposes, the main purpose being to create a food able to survive being sprayed with harmful chemicals like pesticides and herbicides. Other purposes are to make food stay fresher for longer, to kill pests, to produce more of the crop and to experiment with taste and quality. The most common foods are maize, cotton, tomatoes, potatoes, corn, canola, soybean and sugar beet(6).
1. Monsanto Food inc. is a public company that works in the agriculture sector. This company specialises in growing crops that have been genetically modified. They create herbicides that kill the weeds between the crops, and chemicals that allow produce to grow much larger than it naturally would. 2.
In conclusion, Monsanto is destroying the genetic integrity of most naturally grown foods, ruining the life style of many small farmers who depend on their crops to make a living, and are stealing money from people who have Monsanto’s corn on their land just from natural cross breeding of plants. The public needs to hear about what Monsanto is doing. Their website seems perfectly happy and makes them seem super good and environmentally friendly but that’s what is made to do. They only tell you what they want you to hear not what you need to hear.
This means that you would not necessarily be informed on whether or not the foods you are buying and eating are GM foods. Of course GM foods have to meet the same requirements as any conventional food would, but just because there is no immediate harm to humans, does not mean that there are no consequences at all. This also could suggest that since it is difficult to predict and prove long term effects of using GM crops, companies are just selling these abnormal crops to farmers and assuming that only good things will result. GM Crops may be created with the intention of helping, but there are many ramifications that are continuing to be ignored. These would include negative effects to human life, unintended harm to animals and the environment, and the fact that we are already losing control of the modified plants that we have created.
Specific issues regarding this technology involve human and environmental safety as well as ethical and conservation concerns. A common example of a GMO plant would be Monsanto’s Roundup® Ready Corn. One of the methods the Monsanto Company genetically engineers this plant is through soil bacterial and E.coli bacteria. After several years of research, Monsanto discovered a specific soil bacterium which was naturally immune to Roundup® herbicide. The next step in their process was to genetically engineer this bacteria’s DNA into various plants so they, too, could be Roundup® resistant or ‘Roundup® Ready’.
Conclusion Many debates are still being held by environmental agencies, food and drug control institutions and other scientific research organizations and specialists on the viability of using genetically modified foods in general. The general opinion is that the safety standards should be considered before a genetic modification is made. This is by comparing the risks of such a modification to the opportunity cost of maintaining the unmodified version. Several measures should be taken to ensure that certain effects of genetically modified foods are under control, for instance the creation of super weeds through cross pollination between Bt corn and crop weeds can be averted by using control regions where farmers plant unmodified corn in fields next to the Bt corn or planting of sterile male Bt corn to prevent the spread of pollen to crop weeds.
A genetically modified organism, also known as a GMO, is a food that has had its genes altered to produce a desired effect. GMOs were created by Herbert Boyle in 1973 at Stanford University. Some examples of crops that have been genetically modified already are soybeans, corn, and canola. Many countries sell and produce GMOs, including Argentina, Canada, China, the United States, and Germany. Today, there are big companies that promote the research and produce GMOs.
Farmers can also purchase seeds of GM crops that produce the proteins to repel pests, or result in the death of pests. Using these seeds instead of organic seeds cuts the need to use pesticides, reducing costs, and work required, greatly increasing profits. For example, Bt Corn is a type of genetically modified maize, that produces δ-endotoxins originally from Bacillus thuringiensis, its donor bacteria. These endotoxins act as an insect repellant, preventing the corn from being eaten by insects. In places where resources to control pests and weeds are scarce, plants with these genetic modifications can massively increase yield.
How do we feed the world? Well heres where the words biotechnology and genetically modified crops come to the rescue. Biotechnology is the utilization of living organisms to provide us w... ... middle of paper ... ... to open trade of gm products with countries of the third world . Contribute by donating funds to the biotech research. What if a union of biotech scientists from all across the globe could be set up?
They wouldn’t care about the safety of people because they don’t have morally because they know how harmful GMO are to consumers. In a ethical egoism viewpoint Monsanto behavior are moral right because in this theory we responsible for yourself because it our duty. Really putting patents on the seed is making the company money. Meanwhile Monsanto beliefs are right in the social contract theory is that people can make their own decision towards the food and the seeds and in