Genetically Modified Organisms For The Growth And Success Of Developing Countries

1422 Words Apr 26th, 2016 6 Pages
Genetically modified organisms prove to be essential to the growth and success of developing countries. Since 2010, about 1.02 billion people go hungry internationally. Many of these people are from developing areas such as countries in Africa. Genetically modified organisms, as shown above, increase yield gain, and decrease insect destruction and pesticide usage. Many genetically modified organisms provide nutrients that would normally be unavailable to these developing countries. Vitamin A is an example of a nutrient that is not very accessible to many children in Africa. Vitamin A deficiency can lead to organ failure, and eventual death. Every year, over 100,000 children, around the world, die from Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) (Johnson 1).The reason being, the foods that contain good sources of Vitamin A do not grow well in the soil and climate that many developing countries provide. Currently, there is a project working on inserting carotene, which creates retinol, or Vitamin A, into bananas, which are widely grown throughout Africa. By providing bananas rich in Vitamin A, there would be a huge reduction in Vitamin A deficiency throughout children (Johnson 1).
While genetically modified organisms are capable of helping to reduce malnutrition in developing countries, GM crops have also increased the income of struggling farmers and their yield output. Specifically, a genetically modified cotton, Bt cotton, has proved very beneficial in India, and almost necessary. In…

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