Genetic Engineering in Donny and Ursula Save the World by Sharon Weil
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“In three words, I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on” (Robert Frost). People from the beginning of civilization have cultivated crops ranging from methods of fermentation to classical selection for desired traits. In essence, genetic modification is not a new concept only conceived in the twentieth century; it has been occurring for millenias. Genetic engineering is only a step forward as the latest form of gene selection utilizing biotechnology, which merely catalyzes processes that previously required generations upon generations to that of just a couple days. All living organisms consist of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), the building block for life that consists of the same four nucleotides: adenine, guanine,…show more content…
Future GM seeds will allow farmers to maintain higher yields while using less water and chemical fertilizer by allowing farmers to produce bigger and more reliable crops. Nutrition-enhanced GM crops now in development can directly address the effects of malnutrition for poor consumers in developing countries. GM crops may be the only way to ensure that the worldwide production of food keeps pace with the growing population, which according to the United States Census Bureau, is projected to be nearing 10 billion by the year 2050.
Opponents of GM crops often refer to a widely publicized article by Food & Chemical Toxicology published September 2012 regarding the possible dangers of GM foods. The two-year study by Gilles-Eric Seralini a French scientist who has been a professor of molecular biology at the University of Caen experimented on only ten rats over the course of the study. In addition, the species studied has been known to develop cancer tumors regardless of its diet. Elsevier, the Dutch company that publishes Food & Chemical Toxicology made a statement regarding the authenticity of the study:
“A more in-depth look at the raw data revealed that no definitive conclusions can be reached with this small sample size regarding the role of either NK603 or glyphosate in regards to overall mortality or tumor incidence. Given the known high incidence of tumors in the