Genetically Modified Foods For A Plant For The Best

1711 WordsMay 4, 20157 Pages
Genetically Modified Foods Nearly 10,000 years ago people began crop domestication using selective breeding. This was done to try to make crops grow faster, bigger, or even grow in harsh environments. Then in 1940s and 1950s breeders and researchers began to seek even more reasons to modify the gene pool of a plant for the best, to help people. After years of test and trials in 1980 scientist developed a more precise and controllable method of genetic engineering to make plants with the wanted traits. After a few years of politics and talking to the community scientist and companies finally got the first GMOs (genetically modified organisms) into the marketplace in the 1990s. But are these modified foods safe, and do they affect your health? Why exactly were people against it? To find out we will have to search into it since the beginning. The idea of Man-made DNA came from a student at Stanford University Medical School, and this was basically the idea of modifying organisms. The idea was picked up by Professor Herbert Boyer and a few of his biologist colleagues in 1973. In Ireland as soon as summer weather turns humid, spores of a fungus like plant pathogen float around in the open green fields. Just last year in August it began to rain and so the fungus was able to attack a plot field of potatoes and its been a month since they have been infected, but they are still being harvested. In the 1800s ireland was hit with the worst potato famine in years and the cause was
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