Environmental Impact Of Genetically Modified Crops

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One can argue that genetically modified crops are essential in today’s world. The rapidly growing global population creates an immense demand for crops, and with the amount of available land for agriculture in steady decline; it is imperative that each acre yields the maximum amount of crops possible. The book Environmental Impact of Genetically Modified Crops by Ferry, N. & Gatehouse, A. argues that the “…increasing demands on natural resources and food production, has made the use of new technologies such as GM crops in the agricultural sector essential in many world areas” (Ferry, N. & Gatehouse, A. 2009, P. 70). If genetically modified crops were harmful to consume, then surely they would not be so commonly adopted and essential in many parts of the world. Genetically modified crops are so common that according to Melissa Harris-Perry of MSNBC, 94% of Soy is genetically modified in the US along with 90% of cotton, 95% of sugar beets and 88% of corn (M. Harris-Perry, MSNBC, April 28, 2013). To further advocate for the safety of genetically modified food, Ramez Naam, a professional technologist and author of The Infinite Resource asserts that major scientific bodies such as The National Academies of Science, The American Medical Association and even the French Supreme Court could not find evidence that GMOs are harmful when consumed by humans. It is the reason why genetically modified foods “haven’t required labels thus far” (R. Naam, MSNBC, April 28, 2013). Genetic
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