Benefits Of Genetically Engineered Products Essay

753 Words Oct 14th, 2015 4 Pages
Food Biotechnology is a process by which foods are created or modified to enhance crop production, nutritional value, safety, and/or taste. These foods are considered genetically engineered (GE), or genetically modified (GM). Genetic engineering modifies the genetic material of living cells to produce new substances or perform new functions. As with most “new” technological advances, genetic engineering has its advantages and disadvantages and is currently a hot topic of debate with regard to the health, and environmental, implications of such foods.
One of the advantages of genetically engineered products is extended shelf life. Tomatoes, for example, were genetically modified to stay firm and ripe longer than regular tomatoes by blocking an enzyme that softens them after they have been picked, resulting in less waste and higher profits. Another advantage of GE products is the improved nutrient composition of foods. Crops can be genetically altered to address the nutrient fortification work generally handled during processing on products such as soybeans. Soybeans may be implanted with a gene to upgrade the soy protein to a quality near that of milk. In addition to enhancing nutrient content, genetically modified crops can produce more phytochemicals helping to maintain a person’s health and reduce chronic illness. Genetic engineering can also help process foods more efficiently. An example of such could be found in/with the protein rennin, used to coagulate milk…

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