Benefits Of Genetically Modified Crops

1144 Words Mar 4th, 2015 5 Pages
I. Introduction
Biotechnology is the use of living systems and organisms to develop useful products and is a technological application that uses living organisms or systems. There is much controversy in the use of these systems because of possible health and environmental effects. One of the most widely used products of biotechnology is genetically modified (GM) crops. These are crops that have a specific combination of genetic material that is acquired through certain biotechnological processes or genetic engineering. Many crops have been subject to these genetic modifications such as: alfalfa, cotton, flax, rice, tobacco, tomatoes, and wheat. Many people are on various sides of the spectrum of being for the alteration of these crops or strongly against it.
Personally, I am against the use of genetically modified crops because of the denaturing of a natural process, the lack of economic benefit, and the risk of allergic reactions in some of the population. Before you can make that decision for yourself, you have to examine the facts of what happens in the process of genetic engineering, the potential benefits as well as disadvantages of this modification, and its effect on your life.
II. History of Genetic Modification Crop modification and improvement processes have been used since prehistoric times by use of selective breeding. This was used to create the ancestor to modern staples such as wheat and rice. This, of course, was a basic level of genetic modification,…
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