Report: Genetically Modified Products

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Genetically Modified Products

Genetically modified products are a great advancement for America. Though there are quite a few controversial matters between the benefits and drawbacks, I have to say the benefits come out on top. Genetically modified objects like foods and organisms help to provide the different crops and plants with a greater tolerance to various infections, diseases, pests, drought, and cold weather. Genetically modified foods can also provide us with much more nutrition than normal crops can. "The possibility that (biotech) crops could make a substantial contribution to providing sufficient food for an expanding world is, on its own, a solid reason for engaging in the research that underlies their development." (The Nuffield Council on Bioethics) Genetically modifying things such as trees helps clean up our environment. Many areas all over the world have polluted ground water and polluted soil. These genetically engineered trees can help clean it up. Phytoremediation is the process of using these genetically engineered plants to help clean the pollution. The many places that have this polluted soil suffer a loss in obtaining a broader variety of crops. The polluted soil limits the people; by allowing the genetic engineering of certain types of trees and other plants, over time, their soil and water will become less contaminated. The weather plays a crucial role in determining the outcome of your crops. Many crops do not stand well against the cold, frosty weather. However, genetically modifying certain crops with an antifreeze gene from a cold-water fish changes this. “With this antifreeze gene, these plants are able to tolerate cold temperatures that normally would kill unmodified seedlings” (Whitman). Another beneficial reason to why genetically modified foods are good is that they can help solve the problem in many other third world countries that face the issue of malnutrition. Many of these countries rely on a single, main crop such as...
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