The Biotechnology Industry : A Multi Million Dollar Industry Essay

774 Words Apr 19th, 2016 4 Pages
The biotechnology industry is a multi-million-dollar industry centered on the creation and implementation of genetically manipulated plant and animal products. This industry creates, “superfoods”, containing foreign genetic material, adding or enhancing properties in the original plant or animal. The American consumer is highly skeptical of the actual benefits of these “superfoods.” Fearing foreign genes and protein in staple foods such as corn and wheat, average American consumers shy away at the thought of genetically enhanced foods. As an average consumer these are also my fears but as an engineering student I ask myself if this is a viable career option.
The biotechnology industry has turned its attention to the farmer and the staple crops of corn, wheat, and rice. Biotechnology has been making products for the farmer, not to please the consumer. The American consumer is a staunch group when it comes to the safety of its food supply. Fears of allergic reactions ranging from slight shock to a fatal reaction keep engineered foods from making their way to the dinner table. The only engineered foods you may see will not be the soybeans or potatoes that have more protein or less fat but the herbicide resistant corn or pest resistant wheat. These foods have shown to be profitable for both farmers and corporations.
Consumers have been wary of these modified foods since the Flavr Savr tomato, the first consumer orientated genetically modified organism (GMO), hit the market,…

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