Genetic Engineering in Agriculture Essay

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Genetic Engineering in Agriculture "Whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before would deserve better of Mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together." -The King of Brobdingnag, Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, 17271 Introduction Genetically engineered foods are the rage of the day for farmers across the world. Farmers are able to grow larger, tastier, more colorful foods that are more readily available and attractive to consumers. At the same time, farmers actually have been saving money because their crops are now more resistant to drought, frost, insect infestations, and bruising during…show more content…
Nowadays, it is a more complicated process (although you could still use the same process as before), where people choose to modify some of the genes and cells to generate a new "genetically engineered" plant. The process of altering the genome through transfer of a gene or genes from another species or breed is know as transgenics3. Transgenics has allowed us to speed up the evolution of plants and animals to solve worldwide problems to benefit humanity. What Are the Benefits? Benefits for cloning and genetic engineering in agriculture are abundant. Typically tropical plants can be grown in in colder areas of the world. Water-starved drought stricken desert areas will be able to produce food with a lot less water allowing needy people access to a supply of food. Large volumes of pesticides will no longer be needed as much with insect resistant crops. This not only saves the farmers money, but it also saves the world's water supply from an additional very dangerous water pollutant. Finally, crops with tougher outer skins that resist bruising,
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