Bacillus thuringiensis

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  • Environmental Effects Of Gm Foods

    approved for human consumption. A few cases have been reported where genetically modified crops only approved for animal feed or industrial use were detected in the products intended for human consumption (Frequently asked questions on genetically modified foods. n.d.). Eating biological modifications that are not intended to be safe for humans could easily lead to diseases or even death. Another environmental issue involved in genetically modified foods is the effect on non-target organisms. Certain pesticides were introduced into GM crops to help them resist infestation. This is helpful, until it is realized that it is not just hurting the pest insects, but also the pollinator ones. “In May of 1999, it was reported that pollen from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt)-insect resistant corn had a negative impact on Monarch butterfly larvae” (Pocket K No. 4: GM Crops and the Environment, 2013, August). When genetic modifications affect insects like pollinators, they affect the entire ecosystem. If the number of pollinators drops, then the number of flowering plants and crops that grow will decrease. It’s very important that when adding pesticides into part of the genetic modification of food, people pay attention to make sure they are not destroying the ecosystem and actually causing a reduction in the amount of food grown. Genetically modified food can actually…

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  • A Brief Note On The Pros And Cons Of Biotechnology

    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…

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  • The Health Risks Of Genetically Modified Foods

    One reason is because bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is more toxic than other pesticides and herbicides being sprayed onto plants. According to “Genetically Modified Foods Could Pose Numerous Health Risks”, mice that were fed food with Bt toxins had “damaged intestines and powerful immune responses” (“Genetically Modified Foods”). Plus, some humans that were exposed to Bt toxins had allergic reactions to it. Another way GMOs can hold health risks is the toxins found inside of the boosted foods.…

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  • Harmful Effects Of Corn Essay

    Corn, beyond doubt, is one of the biggest stories in human history. The “ruler” of the entire American food chain is corn. From farmyards to supermarkets, countless types of food ingredients and even forage are corn-derived. In 2007, the States alone produced 13 billion bushels of corn. Such massive reap is attributed to corn-farm subsidies by the government, a “legacy” of the Great Depression which gives corn an unnatural edge over other kinds of crops. The policy is, in fact, skewed in favor…

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  • Genetically Modified Foods Case Study

    The insect pests is one of the main reason cause crop loss. Crop losses from insect pests resulting in devastating financial loss for famers and starvation in developing countries. Without pesticide use, about 60% of the crop will lose each years. So farmers use many tons of chemical pesticides annually. As we know consumers do not wish to eat food that has been treated with pesticides, and the pesticides and fertilizers can poison the water supply and cause harm to environment. In the United…

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  • The Consequences Of Banning Genetically Modified Foods

    cost of seeds added to GM seeds from 25 to 40 percent more to seed costs. Globally, farmers paid a premium of $2.2 billion for the patent fees in 2005 (Frompovich 1). It reduces farmers’ earning. Small-scale farm operations and farmers in developing countries will not be able to afford the production of GM crops. Indeed, the production of GM crops cannot increase the income of farmers. For the environmental effect, GM crops would increase insect resistance. Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt)…

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  • Arguments Against Genetic Modified Foods

    GM to be tolerant towards glyphosate, which is a common ingredient used in herbicides, such as Roundup With canola being resilient to herbicides, it causes a decrease in biological magnification, thus, less health implications for animals, humans and the environment. Cotton is another transgenic plant that has been GM to have reduced herbicide use. Transgenic cotton can reduce the amount of soil cultivation, soil tillage and result in reduced soil erosion and healthier soils, due to the…

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  • The Argumentative Essay: The Use Of Genetically Modified Food

    create new weeds through outcrossing with wild relatives, or simply by persisting in the wild themselves. According to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Application, after a ten year study was conducted in the 1990’s it was found that there is “no increased risk of invasiveness or persistence in wild habitats for GM crops (oilseed rape, potatoes, corn, and sugar beet) and traits (herbicide tolerance and insect protection) tested when compared to their unmodified…

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  • Monsanto Persuasive Speech

    the chemicals they are credited with creating are the now-banned dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), the now-banned polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB’s), the controversial recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) and Aspartame, and the infamous chemical Agent Orange used in Vietnam. Monsanto was also tapped into by the United States Government to help in the development of the atomic bomb (7-8). With this controversial use technology they had then brought their biotech knowledge into the field…

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  • Ethical, Legal And Social Implications Of Genetically Modified Organisms

    glutenfreeliving.com/gluten-free-lifestyle/non-gmo/gmo-impact-on-diet/). Using GMOs, scientists could turn on and turn off genes that cause pest attraction. Altering the DNA of crops has been proven safe over and over. GM foods could also potentially end our world hunger crisis. We lose a lot of the world’s crops every year because of global warming and harsh growing conditions around the world. If we lose less of our crops to pest damage and droughts, then more crops will be available for…

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