The Benefits Of Biotechnology On The Environment

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Modern biotechnology is truly astonishing; the technology has extended our carrying capacity far beyond our limits by eliminating devastating diseases, provided life saving pharmaceuticals, as well as solutions for agriculture sustainability for a population expecting to reach 9.5 billion individuals by 2050. Agriculture sustainability is a global concern, which affects each organism on this planet. Hence, as an advanced society we must invest on our current technologies to provide food security for the overwhelming number of people expected without exhausting our agricultural land and disturbing our ecological system.
Biotechnology has provided a customized solution for agriculture sustainability, genetically modified organisms (GMO). Genetic
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Although, big corporations such as Monsanto’s have given this technology an undesirable name society should not allow the cooperation to restrict technology from moving forward for providing a better future. Therefore, genetically modified plants advance the protection of the environment, provide improved food quality and safety, and provide food security for the growing population.
Former agriculture systems have destroyed the biological system of the earth. Agriculture is the main driver for exponential loss in biodiversity of organisms, natural resources and a contributor to green house gases. The devastating environmental impacts from agriculture derive from deforestation as well as pesticides polluting the soil and water. Therefore, genetically modified plants are capable of further reducing agricultural impacts of the environment and have already improved our environment by decreasing pesticide use, fuel consumption and the amount of land devoted to agriculture. For example, scientist have introduced a gene from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt toxin), in corn, that express a protein that is toxic to corn insects, but is
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Monsanto is a prime example of duel use research, which has flustered society from advancing and causing a loss of faith in science. Monsanto has manipulated high technology agriculture by the use of patents on genetic engineered crops creating a monopoly on seed supplies. Technology such as GMO’s should not be patented, but instead should be selected for the benefits of society and benefits for environment. The government and agriculture organizations must restore the trust in consumers by printing labels and have the benefits of GMO more established to the consumer. The government must defend farmers from loosing their freedom and stop the support of corporate take over, such as Monsanto’s. Genetically modified food has already been proven to benefit the environment by reducing the use of pesticides, eliminate deadly toxins found in nature to provide better food quality and safety, as well as provide higher crop yields and plants to resist climate changes for a vast growing population. Genetically modified food is the future in food technology and similar to vaccine biotechnology could save millions of lives; we should not let corporations such as Monsanto’s discourage us from considering the great potential this technology

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