Genetically Engineered Plants are the Future

633 WordsJan 28, 20183 Pages
16 million people in our world are currently suffering from undernourishment (FAO, 2012). What if there was a way to remedy this without the unnecessary deaths of masses of people? In the society we now live in, there is. Genetically Engineered Plants are more nutritious, less fatty, and contain fewer pesticides than naturally grown plants. Genetically Engineered Plants are the future of mankind and we, as society, should be advocating for the move towards making them the staple for everyone from proletariat to the bourgeoisie. Every 3.6 seconds, a child around the world dies from starvation (UNICEF 2014). If there was a way to save the lives of nearly 1,000 children a day, would you use it? Genetically Engineered foods can be genetically enhanced so they have more nutritional benefit than they normally would. For example, rice has been modified so that the levels of an antioxidant compound, beta-carotene, was increased.(Harvard School of Public Health, 2012). Furthermore, these foods could have a better tasting and a better texture(UC Santa Cruz, 2005). Nevertheless, none of this would matter if genetically engineering plants wasn’t cost effective. However, genetically engineering plants costs just as much as organic plants do in the long run. Salmon need around three pounds of wild fish to produce a pound of salmon (Cho,2013). Because of this, it is often quite expensive to breed salmon and the risks tend to outweigh the benefits. However, genetically
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