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Both advances offer real benefits to farmers by increasing yields or farm income” (Jacobson). Genetic engineering also offers the possibility for the cures of diseases and countless material improvements to daily life. Hopes for the benefits of genetic engineering are symbolized by the Human Genome Project, a vast international effort to categorize all the genes in the human species. On the other hand, genetic engineering frightens many with its potential for misuse; either in Nazi-style schemes for popu... ... middle of paper ... ...s. Eugenics Repackaged or Consumer Options? (Cover Story).” Technology Teacher 66.7 (2007): 12-16.
Bio-engineering is used to make foods more nutritious by combining the best aspects of each individual plant. These crops are also remarkably safe because many plants are modified to be naturally pest repellant, making pesticides and harsh chemicals a thing of the past. In addition, genetically engineered foods create a solution to the problem of feeding a growing population while also boosting the economy and creating a multitude of new jobs. So, what exactly are genetically modified foods? According to a 2002 Michigan State University Food Laws and Regulations course, they can be defined as, “Plants, animals, and microorganisms which have had DNA introduced into them by means other than by combination of an egg and a sperm or by natural bacterial conjugation.” (The regulation of genetic modifications, 2002).
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