Benefits Of Genetically Engineered Food

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The alteration of plant and animal genetic codes for the ultimate purpose of increasing food abundance is an increasingly popular, yet controversial practice in the 21st century. Genetic engineering of food is done for a number of reasons, the biggest of which is increasing food supplies in the world, especially for the third world countries. However, there are arguments and even activist movements against genetic engineering of food, which begs the question “why is genetically engineered food so controversial?” The pro and con arguments of the genetic engineering of food cannot be overlooked. Although it is a controversial practice, genetically engineered food is more useful than harmful to people and the planet.
The Benefits of Genetically Engineered Food
Food security is one of the biggest concerns in the world today given the rate at which climate change is crippling the planet’s natural ability to sustain humanity. Forman and Silverstein (2012) note that should the current rate of global warming and climate change persist for the next ten years, the planet—not just the developing world—will officially be in a food crisis. This information can be backed by the fact that the world is already struggling to stay fed (Qaim & Kouser, 2013). Genetic engineering of food, therefore, is a relevant topic as it is a means through which hunger and famine can be avoided permanently. It is only through genetic engineering that droughts, pests, weed-resistant crops, and pest resistant
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