Complications Of Genetic Engineering
Then these new species are patented and sold for profit. The process of genetic engineering (biotechnology) is growing rapidly in the United States in both plants and animals. There are more than four dozen genetically engineered(GE) foods or crops on the market, and many more are in the development stage. In the plant market, more than 70 million acres of GE crops are being farmed. In the animal market, at least 500,000 dairy cows are injected with a growth hormone regularly.("News and Analysis on Genetic Engineering, Factory Farming, & Organics." 1-2) GE crops also make up more than 80% of corn, soybeans and cotton grown in the United States today. ( "News and Analysis on Genetic Engineering, but the Technology Needs Proper Management” 1 …show more content…
GE usage can produce higher yields of a crop. Things like improving the amount of flowering and photosynthesis can increase the amount of a crop that is produced.("Biotechnology: The Impact on Food” 3) Thanks to GE plants, weed and insect control has been made easier and farmers have suffered fewer losses from insect damage. Farmers have also seen a reduction in production costs. These benefits to the farmer all tend to benefit the consumer because more supply of a product could mean lower food prices.("News and Analysis on Genetic Engineering, but the Technology Needs Proper Management” 2) GE foods can be altered to have better taste, flavor and nutrition, With a longer shelf life and higher yields, feeding the growing world is easier to obtain.
Farmers using GE are also experiencing considerable environmental benefits too. One of the greatest benefits is water quality. Thanks to GE crops, farmers use fewer insecticides and herbicides and that is good for the soil and waterways. With herbicide-resistant crops, farmers have to till the land less often and this improves soil quality and reduces erosion. ("News and Analysis on Genetic Engineering, but the Technology Needs Proper Management” 2)If farmers don’t have to till as much then they don’t have to use their tractors as much. This means less pollution from the exhaust of their farm