The Issue Of World Hunger

1998 WordsApr 11, 20178 Pages
“792.5 million people in the world don’t get the food they need to live a healthy life.” (2016 FAO Stats) “66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world.” (World Food Programme) “Asia has the largest number of hungry people, with two-thirds of the population affected.”(FAO) (qtd. in World Hunger). These are the statistics we face when we are presented with the issue of world hunger. As society battles this ever present issue, scientists look for solutions to the problem. One of the solutions became apparent in the 1990s when the first Genetically modified crop was produced. The first GM crop was a tomato bred in california, which was genetically altered so…show more content…
This is done through an alteration of the genetic makeup of an organism so that the modification is transmitted to the organism 's offspring (Knight). There are many methods used for genetic modification, including modification by selection of desirable characteristics, crossing closely related species, selecting mutants, deletion, change or moving of genes within an organism, transference of genes from one species to another, and modification of existing genes or construction of new genes and their incorporation into any organism (Knight). These methods are all used to get varying results. For example, modem wheat was created by two sequential crossings of three separate species using the method of modification by crossing closely related species (Knight). With these various methods, scientists have been able to uncover a new arena in the agriculture and the food industries. With GMO, farmers no longer have to be the slave to the “what ifs”, of weather, pests, and crop viruses; through genetic modification in the DNA of the product, scientists have been able to “plan ahead”, so to speak, and prepare the seeds for any potential trials they may meet through the course of the season (Popescu). Although GM foods and crops show many obvious advantages over non GM crops, there has been a delay in the implementation of GMO, due to the public 's unfounded fear that consuming GMO products could be harmful to human health (Knight). This fear is fed by terms given in
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