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It reviews scientific literature to investigate whether the genetically engineered crops are more harmful or more beneficial to the environment.
Reports on scientific research and analyses have offered varied opinions on the impacts of genetically modified crops on the environment. A research initiative by Powel et al on the effects of genetically modified crops on their immediate soil identifies temporary effects on lives around the crops. The effect lasts for less than a year, especially when the crops are grown only once in an area. The crops are also associated with lowering the rate of organic compounds’ decomposition in soils for retention of primary nutrients in the soils to ensure a stable food chain that begins with plants. This therefore identifies advantages of genetic modification towards food security in an ecosystem (Powel et al, p. 394).
Research by Brookes and Barfoot on the environmental effects of genetically modified crops also identifies significant benefits of the engineering. According to their research results, application of genetically modified crops that are resistant to weeds and insects have reduced the general trend in application of chemical based herbicides and pesticides to lower environmental pollution due to the involved chemicals. This has in effect promised a reduction of green house gas emission to environmental safety (Brookes and Barfoot, p. 193).
The effect of the genetically modified crops’ ability to kill insects and weeds that threatens the crops is also a source of the technology’s harmful impacts on the environment. The crops for example extend their potential and kills insects and weeds that do not affect them. As a result, the genetic engineering leads to unnecessary destruction of abiotic factors. This harm is more significant if it affects insects or weeds with environmental value. The toxicity of the crops is similarly
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Genetically modified crops, “first emerged in the early 1990s” and have since gained both considerable support and controversy (Stastop, pg. 668). With the ability to produce super-resistant and productive crop strains of such products as soybeans, corn, canola, and cotton-seed oil, genetically modified strains have found support for use both for economic reasons as well as a means of supporting impoverished regions.
Rather than being a policy paper, this particular analysis is intended to provoke thought within the mind of the analyst as a means of determining whether or not GMO is ultimately worth the risk or should be reduced and / or banned entirely from the food supply.
Despite the apparent benefits of GM foods, GM foods face market challenges if consumers distrust and feel insecure toward GM food products. The paper develops qualitative analysis that identifies major determinants of consumer behaviors and choice toward GM foods; moreover, the paper establishes consumer attitudes and beliefs regarding risks of GM foods.
According to the paper the European Union has a history of preventing the importation of GMOs into its territory especially those that are for human consumption, with few exceptions. Most of those that have been allowed to go into circulation are those that are for animal consumption and these are normally highly restricted and regulated to ensure that there is no gene flow between them and similar non-GMO foods.
It is a technology that uses living organisms to make superior products that meets life’s greatest needs in a careful and regulated way. It is worth noting that biotechnology has been in existence for quite a long time including preservation of dairy products and beer fermentation and forms a huge part of the daily life.
that they presented in the journal Nature, they pushed the boundaries of possibility farther, and what was considered to be fiction was now being viewed in a completely different light. A DNA is a double helix and is made up of sequences of nucleotides. Specific arrangements of
Due to lack of extensive testing, it is very difficult to argue that the use of genetically modified crops is safe for human use. This is why genetically modified crop can lead to health risks. The presence of doubt with regards to the GMC poses
According to the report non-Governmental organizations are avoided in this regulation since regulators are granted more power to come up with new ideas in technological field. It talks briefly about the rules governing GMO. There are some issues, which are reviewed concerning the GMO in Europe and United States.