The Effects Of Pesticides On The Environment

848 WordsDec 1, 20154 Pages
Crops can be modified to be protected against dangerous weather. For example, an unexpected frost can destroy sensitive seedlings. There is an antifreeze gene that is found in cold water fish which has been introduced into potato plants. These plants are then able to withstand cold temperatures that would normally would kill unmodified seedlings. As I stated previously, GM crops yield more product than conventional crops. This is because they have been altered to use water more efficiently and to avoid the use of pesticides. On the other side, conventional crops need to be sprayed with pesticides which are absorbed into the crops and also create a run-off of toxins where as GM crops do not. The run-off from conventionally grown crops then causes pollution and leaks into the water, poisoning the water supply, and there’s no telling what the pesticides are doing to your body. For example, Monsanto, a company known for sustainable agriculture, created a new type of soybeans which have been genetically modified to not be affected by their herbicide product “Roundup”. A farmer will then grow the soybeans which will only require one application of the weed-killer instead of multiple applications, which will in turn reduce the production cost and limit the dangers of agricultural waste run-off. Crops have even been modified to resist diseases such as blight, grey mold, bunts, and powdery mildew. These are diseases which either kill the crops or stunt their growth. By using GM
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