The Agricultural And Food Industry

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Imagine walking into a supermarket where all the fruit appears perfectly ripe, has no bad spots, bruises, or insect damage. This could be just one of the many possibilities opened up by the biotechnology field in agriculture. Biotechnology could develop food that will not spoil, be resistant to disease, many other useful features. In reality however, the agricultural biotechnology field has not achieved the point where it can be beneficial to the world, but it instead proves detrimental. An introduction of the beginnings of biotechnology in agriculture and many of the terms are key to understanding this topic. The start of biotechnology within the agricultural and food industry began in around the early to mid 90’s with the introduction…show more content…
The definition can be put “Biotechnology is the use and manipulation of living organisms, or substances obtained from these organisms, to make products of value to humanity.” (Chrispeels 58). One of the many terms associated with the biotechnology field is genetically modified organisms, often referred to as GMOS or GM plants. These are simply any organism, in this case plants, that have been modified with DNA from a different organism. This is achieved by either splicing DNA from either another plant or sometimes an animal. One example of that would be the splicing of DNA from an Arctic Flounder in to citrus plants to help them resist freezing (Wells, 36). But, these methods have not been perfected yet and many of them are doing more harm than good, to the environment and to other organisms. Without more regulations and further testing before release, the possibility of harming something increases greatly. Biotechnology has become more and more detrimental to the agricultural field because of the harm done to humans, the environment, and the infringement on personal rights. Genetically modified crops are becoming ever more present in our lives. From the supermarket food that we buy and consume directly to the feed crops that are raised to feed the animals that we slaughter and eat, it is likely that we are consuming something genetically modified. Although they are able to be avoided, it can be time and
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