Coca Corn : Viewing Both Sides Of Its Environmental Impact

1573 Words Apr 21st, 2016 7 Pages
Jaime Lopez
Bio 490-Senior Project
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GM Corn: Viewing both sides of its Environmental Impact

For hundreds of years, we as a species have been growing crops and cross pollenating crops to create new gene types to feed millions of people in the world. With the population soaring in the 20th Century resources will be exploited and the amount of food available will not meet the standards of many individuals (Connor et al., 2003; Phipps and Park, 2002). Crop growers are facing challenges in terms of finding productive lands, growing nutritional crops, and finding an alternative to reducing pesticide usage (Phipps and Park, 2002). Scientists and crop growers are looking into GMO technology to help with the ongoing challenges they are currently facing (Phipps and Park, 2002).
Introducing this new technology hasn’t really gone well with the public because there is still concerns in what are the effects towards the environment and health safety (Somerville, 2000). The main crops that have been genetically modified are soybean, maize, cotton and oilseed rape (Phipps and Park, 2002). GM crops have shown positive results in pest and disease resistance, crop yield increases, reduction in pesticides, and environmental and nutritional improvements (Connor et al. 2003; Phipps and Park, 2002). However, activists view GMO’s to be dangerous to the environment and public health (Somerville, 2000). GM crops can be the one piece of technology that we need to tackle one of…
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