Benefits Of Genetically Modified Flavrsavr Tomato

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Introduction In 1994 the first genetically modified FlavrSavr tomato was put into the U.S. market, an event that cause a huge uproar all over the world. Since this event took place, scientists, consumers, scholars, and journalists have been in an ongoing debate on GM foods. Contradictory to many ideas, GM foods are a sea of unknown risks rather than a sped up process of selective breeding that is completely harmless.
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In history farmers have produced desired traits in crops through selective breeding. The selective breeding process depended on nature to produce a desired gene. Farmers would mate individual animals or plants that carried a particular gene in order to make a desired characteristics more common or more pronounced, forcing the plant to evolve in the most beneficial way to the farmer. Some scientists say that GM foods speed up the process of selective breeding, but genetically modified foods have had foreign genes from plants or even animals inserted into their genetic codes, during the process altering there genetic structure. “For example, scientists have created a modified potato that glows in the dark, using genes from a jellyfish” (Anderson, 2014, p. 1). Most genetic modification has involved plants, but some animals have even had their genes engineered, including “cows that produce casein-enriched milk for ease in making cheese, and pigs augmented with spinach genes to produce low-fat bacon” (Rich & Warhol, 2014, p. 1).

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