Genetically Modified Foods Essay

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Genetically Modified Foods

Genetically modified crops are harmful to humans and the environment and shouldn't be used. Agriculture should proceed in harmony with nature and nature only. That is why some people have decided to buy organically grown food. From their experiences with organic food, they believe that the organic system can be economically practical. This system also provides a wide range of environmental and social benefits, and most importantly, it enables consumers to make a choice about the food they eat. According to Diana Brander, an American biology teacher, we should have the choice of the type of food we eat.

But at a time when sales of organic food are soaring, a development in agriculture is removing an
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Even if this is true, it is not the whole story. The government may fail to take into account the ecological impact of the farming industry. For example, most of the genetically modified plants marketed so far contain genes from bacteria which make them resistant to a wide variety of weed killers. When the crop is sprayed with this weed killer all other plants in the field are killed. The result is a very sterile field, providing neither food nor habitat for wildlife. The genetically modified plants are capable of interbreeding with their relative plants which creates new weeds with a built in resistance to the weed killer. In one incident modified genes from a crop spread into a conventional crop that was more than a mile away. As a result of this, conventional crops and organic crops are in great danger.

Genetically modified crops are being developed to produce their own pesticide. This will bring the rapid appearance of resistant insects. Even worse, these pesticide producing plants have killed some beneficial insects and pests that many farmers use in their crops. For example, inserting a gene from a snowdrop, a perennial herb found in Europe and Asia into a potato, made the potato resistant to the green fly, but killed lady bugs that feed on green flies.

Despite the huge acreages involved, there is no requirement to monitor genetically modified commercial crops to see what is happening at all times.
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