Genetically engineered products are a major controversial issue in today’s food agricultural, livestock and healthcare industries. Genetic engineering is the science of changing the DNA by removing, combining, or adding certain genes. In relation to other types of sciences this type is relatively new, until recently scientists did not have the tools to attempt this advanced science. Some people believe that by attempting to change the way plants and animals are created scientists are crossing a religious or moral line. This speculation can not stand up to the breakthroughs and the potential this young science can have on today’s present day society. Ways to significantly benefit problems such as world hunger and poverty; while simultaneously benefiting the environment outweigh these weak conservative arguments.
One such breakthrough in Genetically Modified (GM) products can be seen in the attempt to grow rice with a high concentration of life supporting vitamins. This type of rice has been named Golden Rice. This kind of rice is an example of a biofortified food. A major cause of death in impoverished countries, as well as across the world is hunger and malnutrition. The only way to avoid this leading cause of death is to ensure a more complete diet and better standard of living. In the ideal diet a range of meats and vegetables that deliver a complete and balanced meal makes for the healthiest life style and physical makeup. If this ideal diet cannot be supported by the populace in question, a diet of vitamin rich vegetables or fruits, which can be grown locally, also suffices as a life supporting diet. Making such products available to the populace of an impoverished country would significantly decrease the mortality rate, which is the goal of the GM food known as Golden Rice.
In ordinary rice the vitamin β-carotene is produced, however it cannot be found in the edible part of the plant. The husk surrounding the rice seed... [continues]
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