The Ethical Use Of Of Genetically Modified Organisms

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The Ethical Use of Genetically Modified Organisms Adam Eslami English 70 Professor Marci Lapriore Chabot College 12/1/15 The introduction of bioengineered plants into the agricultural world has created lively debate over the use of these new plants and their impact on society. They are currently referred to as GMOs. According to nongmoproject.org, “GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding. By…show more content…
By producing higher yields on farmlands, there should be a less need for additional farmland to produce the same yield that used to require more land. This should help curb deforestation and other land clearing practices that are used to prepare additional farmland. By using certain crops that can regenerate certain nutrients into the soil, this would also reduce the need for additional farmland. Longer shelf lives will reduce the waste that occurs from spoiled crops and biofuels may one day become economical to produce with GMOs. With all these advancements in genetically modified organisms, we are on our way to what is becoming known as the Second Green Revolution. The First Green Revolution refers to the successful practices in farm production around the 1950s and 1960s. With higher rates of investment in crop research, infrastructure, and market development, the production of cereal crops was able to triple with only a 30% increase in land area cultivated (Pingali, 2012). This second revolution refers to the use of GMOs as the new innovation that will lead the way to even better advancements in agriculture. The use of GMOs is being adopted and promoted by many developing nations and affluent philanthropists. One such example is Bill Gates who is a big proponent of using GMOs to cure world hunger. He has personally donated millions into researching GMOs for this reason

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