The Safety Of Genetically Modified Crops Essay

1324 Words Nov 18th, 2014 6 Pages
Genetically modified crops were first produced in 1982 and commercially introduced in 1996. Plants are no longer victim to pesticide use or climate conditions. Farmers in third world countries are now able to produce more crops with higher nutrition levels. Vaccinations can potentially be made and administered as edible substances. While many consumers graciously accepted them due to their possible benefits, others protested their introduction due to a lack of evidence concerning potential risks. The safety of genetically modified crops has been contested since their introduction. After nearly two decades of research, genetically engineered crops are found to be safer than traditionally grown crops, helping to combat global problems. The first genetically modified plant was created in 1982, using an anti-biotic resistant tobacco plant. (Fraley) A decade later tomatoes were the first crop to be genetically modified commercially, with resistance to typical rotting and decay of conventional tomatoes. (Murnagham) The tomatoes were allowed to be marketed and sold without any indication of being different by a United States company Calgene, at two to five times the cost. Controversy arose when rats in Europe involved in testing the GM tomatoes experienced physical changes and were pre-cancerous. (Murnagham) Currently, eight-five percent of corn, ninety-one percent of soybeans and eighty-eight percent of cotton in the United States are genetically engineered and appear in…

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