Essay on GM Crops
In February 2004, Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett announced that commercial planting of some GM crops would commence in the United Kingdom following approval of genetically-modified maize within the scientific community. The Daily Mail responded to the announcement by stating that ‘the decision - by the Government's Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment - flies in the face of official polls showing 90 per cent of people oppose the genetic modification of crops and food’1. Gm crop production has remained a much debated subject within international politics and social discussion. Conflicting reports from the media which support and scrutinise the subject of …show more content…
The agricultural advantages that result from gene technology and resulting GMOs include improved resistance, to pests, bacterial, fungal or viral diseases, improved resistance to herbicides so that crop plants are unaffected by the herbicidal products used to control weeds. Reduced use of pesticides and herbicides has environmental benefits. GM plants can also be developed for removing toxic chemicals from soils and therefore reclaiming previously inhabitable land for crop growth.
The socioeconomic advantages of the genetic modification of crops include tackling poverty and starvation in the third world, whilst overcoming the issue of a rising global population that is estimated to reach nine