Benefits Of Genetically Modified Foods

1125 WordsOct 18, 20155 Pages
By 2050, the world’s population is expected to exceed over 9 billion people, and the existing amount of usable land is expected to decrease significantly due to climate changes and urbanization. The projected rise in population and food consumption per person, particularly in countries like China and India, make efficient land use a necessary solution for long term plans. According to USDA, a 10% change to a genetically modified herbicide tolerant crop would yield around 1.7% increase in productivity. Biotechnology companies are confident that such crops will most definitely improve the live hood of farmers around the world. What exactly are Genetically modified crops? People always wonder about the effects of genetically modified foods. GMO is food that contains foreign genes from other organisms in its genetic code and its purpose is to speed up the process of selective breeding and introduce new nutrients and vitamins to enrich foods. The process of genetic engineering began in 1994 and since then has been used primarily on cash crops with high demand such as soybean, corn and canola. Most scientists believe that GMOs are not only safe but also beneficial due to the positive effect on many world economies, the environmental benefits, the improvement in nutritional values and the fact that there is no proof of harmful effects. ECONOMIC: GM crops are not only for first world countries like the United States. Third world countries are positively affected economically as
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