The Argumentative Essay: The Use Of Genetically Modified Food

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In 1994 the company Calgene marketed its Flavr Savr delayed-ripening tomatoes. This would become known as the first commercial sale of a genetically modified food. Since then plants have been engineered for resistance to pathogens, herbicides and for better nutrient profiles. So if the world has been consuming genetically modified organisms for eleven years, how bad can they really be? Genetically modified foods have the potential to change the global food supply for the better in years to come and to change the views on how people see farming.
People should embrace the use of genetically modified organisms and food. The population of Earth is continually increasing, meaning that the use of land for farming is decreasing. Because of this, agriculturalists need to come up with better, more efficient ways to produce a larger amount of crops. Genetically modified crops, or GM crops, are a very real solution to a very real problem. A GM crops is made from a plant who’s DNA has been changed by adding DNA from another plant, bacteria, or virus. The new DNA in turn gives the plant new and hopefully better characteristics (Paturel & Yamakawa). The goal of these new characteristics are to not only increase the crop’s yield and overall fruit size but also to make the crop more hardy and able to withstand harsher
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Countries such as Paraguay, South Africa, Uruguay, and Australia have been cultivating genetically modified crops since the late 1990’s, with the world’s leading producers of GM crops being the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, India, and China (“Countries Growing GMOs”). Though many of these countries have been cultivating genetically modified crops since the start, in the last few years health organizations and activist groups have begun questioning not only the impact they may have on humans and the environment but also if by changing a plant’s genetics scientists are “playing

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