The Disadvantages Of Genetic Engineering

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10,000 years! That’s the time prehistoric farmers have been domesticating crops. Can you believe that? That unfortunately opened the door to genetic engineering in farming. Genetic engineering in general has been going on for ages. The process of altering DNA in an organism genome, is known as genetic engineering. In a more accessible understanding it is known for changing DNA in an organism’s chromosomes. It can be used variously in the field of science and engineering. For instance, in medicine, genetic engineering has been used to mass-produce human growth hormones and for creating vaccines and drugs for treating hospitalized patients. In agriculture, it has been used to produce trees that can grow more quickly and firmly. Genetic engineering …show more content…
The methods I have explained may be solved, but comes with great responsibility, because one mistake can harm the society and our environment. As I have explained, Genetic Engineering is used to engineer crops in order to withstand the weather extremes and fluctuations. Another advantage would be the decrease in food prices. Higher yield and lower costs, would cause food prices to go down. This would cause the cutback of poverty around the world. There are many benefits when it comes to biotechnology, but potential drawbacks are also present. Genetically modified crops can create new diseases, considering that there are modified crops that use to overcome bacteria. Scientist have said in many sources such as ‘Ted.Org’ that modified crops use viruses and bacteria and that it is a threat to human health. It is claimed by many experts that genetically engineered crops are safe for the environment, although they still contain different types of substances that are not yet proven. Even better, these substances are hidden to the public. Genetically engineered crops may solve many problems, such as hunger, however it is important to go with discretion, because genetic engineering technology is very …show more content…
Also, that it can improve our water and air quality. Although these may be valid, they are all dangerous and harmful to our beautiful environment. Genetic engineering has affected the environment in many ways. Cross pollination covers large distances where new genes are included in the offspring of organic plants. This results in difficulty to distinguish from which are organic plants and which are not. This brings difficulty to properly label non-GMO food. Another disadvantage that is caused by genetic engineering in farming is allergic reaction. Those who are surrounded by this may be affected. Genetic modification adds proteins that may not be indigenous to the original plant or animal, which can cause new allergic reactions to the human body. These allergic reactions also include increased toxicity and the spread of genetic materials from crops to produce dangerous medical treatments and cures. The long terms of genetic engineering could cause harm to plants, animals, insects and

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