New Biotechnologies And Gmos Solve Global Nutrition Challenges?

1161 Words Dec 19th, 2015 5 Pages
Are GMOs “living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory,” which results in “unstable conditions…that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods” (Non GMO Project)? Or is genetic engineering simply a process that “takes a beneficial trait that helps a living thing thrive in nature…and adapts that trait to a new plant so it can better survive in its environment” (Monsanto)? Can new biotechnologies and GMOs solve global nutrition challenges? A more accurate term may be transgenic’—any organism whose genetic makeup has been altered by adding genetic material from another, unrelated organism. This, too, has its own exceptions with altered and synthesized genes. Genetically modified organisms are such a complex, esoteric topic that most debates fail to capture how multifaceted the issue really is, which is further complicated by the global war on rhetoric and fallacies in genetic-modification wars. Even the very definition of a ‘GMO’ remains elusive, and the terminology is as controversial as genetic modification itself. GMOs are heralded as the best solution for world hunger and global poverty, or denigrated as unnatural monster creations. As the debate is further polarized by biotechnology proponents and opponents, the public is torn between Big Ag, industry lobbyists, consumer advocacy organizations, government policies, and campaigns media campaigns alike clamoring to prove themselves. One particular area of…

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