Benefits Of Genetically Modified Food Production

1491 WordsJan 18, 20166 Pages
The DNA of organisms that is altered artificially, via a method known as gene splicing (Schmidt 2005, A.527), is referred to as Genetically Modified (GM). Presently, most existing GM foods originate from plants, however, in the future, food may be obtained from GM animals or micro-organisms (Bawa and Anilakumar 2013, p.1036). The subject of GM foods including crops, vegetables and fruit and how safe they are is the cause of many controversial debates globally, however there are several arguments that support the encouragement of genetically modified food production. Enthusiasts of GM foods maintain it will assist to end world hunger and encourage health and environmental wellbeing (Panse 2014, para.1). Further, the contention by GM enthusiasts is that crop yields are increased by the use of GM technology, the need for chemicals traditionally used in agriculture diminishes and is likely to result in the production of high-sustenance foods capable of growing in exhausted soils and drought-ridden locations (Schmidt 2005, a.527). Potential uses in the future include aiming modifications to improve nutrient content, decreasing allergen capabilities, and refining the productivity of food manufacture. As global water supplies diminish, many countries will no longer have the capabilities of producing stable crops, thus there is considerable significance placed on the advancement of biotechnology used to yield water efficient and drought-resistant food sources (MIT 2015, para.1).
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