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Extended essay on "GM Crops" In this essay I am going to take all about all the pros and cons on growing genetically modified crops. There will be many titles come up that have caused roughs ion many houses of parliaments around the world. The idea of this essay is to let you decide weather or not you would like the genetic engineering to continue and weather you would eat the food that would come out on the shelves of our shops. Introduction to GM Crops. What are gm crops? They are crops that have been grown by an unnatural means. When they are made into eatable products that we would buy in our shops this leaves traces of the copying of the genes. Genetically engineered foods containing genes derived from bacteria and viruses are now starting to appear in the shops (foods with insect, fish, and animal genes will soon follow) These genetic changes are largely different from those resulting from traditional methods of growing crops. Yet, the sale of these foods is being permitted without proper assessment of the risks and without appropriate confrontation for the public, even though many scientists say that genetically modified foods could cause serious damage to health and the environment. These are two points to enhance your knowledge of GM crops... ...why do we do it? Scientists want to transfer desirable qualities from one organism to another, for example, to make a crop resistant to an herbicide or to enhance food value. ...read more.

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,. Already, one genetically engineered soybean was found to cause serious allergic reactions, and bacteria genetically engineered to produce large amount of the bean, have produced toxic contaminants that killed 37 people and permanently disabled a further 1,500. The products that have been made have increased pollution of the food and water supply, More than 50% of the crops developed by biotechnology companies have been engineered to be resistant to herbicides. Use of herbicide-resistant crops will lead to a threefold increase in the use of herbicides, resulting in even greater pollution of our food and water with toxic agrochemicals which again in turn will affect human life the environment around us and the animals as well. The thought of Health-damaging effects caused by genetic engineering will continue forever. Unlike chemical or nuclear contamination, genetic pollution can grow by itself. It can never be reversed or cleaned up large genetic mistakes will most defiantly be passed on to all future generations. Then that leaves yet another question to be asked is "Is food safety an issue here, as you see it?" Yes, because what we're dealing with is the introduction of new genetic foods that have genes that code for proteins that we've never consumed. So when you place a Chinese hamster gene into your food crop and we consume it in raw or processed food, we just don't know what the reaction's likely to be. ...read more.

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Indeed, present varieties of corn, they say, bear little resemblance to their historical progenitors. The contribution of biotechnology is that the process can be sped up enormously and new traits incorporated from virtually any species. These proponents insist that their new varieties have been more extensively tested than any in history and that their safety as foodstuffs and in the environment is well proven. Health benefits, such as extra vitamins, can be engineered in to the plants allowing a lesser chance of disease. They could help farmers grow marginal land prone to drought or salt (this means that the farmers can grow better healthier crops on soils that are poor in fertilizers, acidic soils, salty grounds.) They could help the environment by reducing the need for herbicides and pesticides cutting in the amount of use on the land meaning less pollution in the water which means less pollution for us as the polluted water will get into our system one day or another. They can also benefit corporations and western shareholders due to the money that they are saving as the are spending less on the product they are literally putting into the field and making vastest amounts of crop this mean greater profits. In conclusion to what I have produced in this essay I feel that GM crops should be banned world wide as the full consequences are not yet fully under stood and human being are being used as lab rats. Darren McA 13DL Extended essay on GM crops ...read more.

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