Argumentative Essay On Genetically Modified Food

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What is genetically modified food?
Genetically modified foods are foods produced from organisms that have had their DNA altered using genetic engineering. Genetic engineering techniques allow for new traits as well as greater control over traits.
Most food alterations have primarily focused on cash crops in high demand by farmers. Genetically modified crops or food have been altered for resistance to pathogens and herbicides. Genetically Modified livestock have been developed.
Effect of genetically modified crops on South Africa
The majority of maize consumed in South Africa is genetically modified and South Africa is the only country in the world that’s staple is mainly genetically modified. Genetically modified maize in South Africa, that
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The main arguments and ideas are whether genetically modified food should be labelled, the role of government regulators, the effect of genetically modified crops on health and the environment, the effect of pesticide use and resistance, the impact on farmers, and their role in feeding the world and energy production. Scientists say that genetically modified crops pose no greater threat to human health than regular/non-genetically modified crops, but these genetically modified crops need to be tested on a case-by-case before introduction. With that in mind members of the public are still less likely to believe that these genetically modified food is safe. No illnesses have been recorded in the human population from genetically modified food/crops. The public perception of genetically modified food is that they think it is meddling with naturally evolved biological processes, scientific limitations on comprehending potential negative ramifications. An opposing perception is that genetic engineering is itself an evolution of traditional selective breeding. Surveys indicate public concerns that eating genetically modified food is harmful, that biotechnology is risky, that more information is needed and that consumers need control over whether to take such risks.
Are indigenous plants/animals affected or harmed by the production of genetically modified
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Roundup is the brand-name of a herbicide produced by Monsanto. Its active ingredient glyphosate was patented in the 1970s. Roundup Ready plants are resistant to Roundup, so farmers that plant these seeds must use Roundup to keep other weeds from growing in their fields. Soybeans were the first roundup resistant crops, they were developed in 1996. It was developed to help farmers with weeds. With these plants being resistant to roundup framers could spray the herbicide over their crops and only get rid of the unwanted weeds and leaves the crops unscathed. Roundup Ready crop seeds have notoriously been referred to as "terminator seeds." This is because the crops produced from Roundup Ready seeds are sterile. Each year, farmers must purchase the most recent strain of seed from Monsanto. This means that farmers cannot reuse their best

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