Is Genetic Engineering Going For Our Food System More Sustainable?

1250 Words Dec 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
I. Introduction.
Think back to the last meal you had; Imagine your family consuming what you think is made up of only the freshest ingredients, your refrigerator is completely stocked with everyday necessities to provide for you and your family. Suddenly the planet starts to run out of its natural resources, prices on food skyrocket, your kids fall ill, and the environment begins to crumble. Now imagine all of this occurring in just a few short years if our human population continues to double with not enough resources to feed the planet. Will the only solution to end world hunger be genetically modified foods? Is genetic engineering going to make our food system more sustainable?

II. Arguments
Argument 1
Little evidence supports mass production of GM crops
Multiple Sustainable non-GMO methods that are being practiced today in other developing countries have resulted in yield increases backed by methods containing GMOs have shown little to no increase in yields at all. Based on evident research from the Union of Concerned Scientists’ report Failure to Yield the definitive study to date on GM crops and yield. Failure to Yield is the first report to closely evaluate the overall effect genetic engineering has had on crop yields along with other researched agricultural technologies. The International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) report, authored by more than 400 scientists backed by 58 governments, have noted that GM…

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