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Agricultural Issues: Genetic Modification.

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Agricultural Issues: Genetic Modification Scientists are developing ways to make new genetically modified (GM) food that could transform the way we feed ourselves. GM crops may enable more food to be produced from less land using less water and fewer chemicals. However, some people question whether this "gene revolution" will really reduce hunger in the world. Others worry that it is being pushed too quickly without enough consideration of its long term impact. Throughout the world there are drastic inequalities in food supply with the emergence of areas of surplus and famine. ...read more.

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Throughout the world genetic modification has been used freely for more that a decade as a research tool for medical purposes and in food ingredients. It holds exiting promise, not only for conquering disease, eliminating pests and contributing to the knowledge economy but for enhancing the international competitiveness of the primary industries which are important economic well-being. Whilst most people are comfortable with genetic modification for medical purposes, many strongly opposed other uses. The reasons are that the safety and certainty of the science have yet to be proved, reflecting the fact that, at least, for the moment, world consumer preferences are againsed the use of GM food. ...read more.

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However despite these feelings there are many positive characteristics of GM crops that could help those currently living in poverty. These are as follows: * Resistance to drought * Tolerance of salty soils * Resistance to pests, viruses and disease * More digestible crops for animals * More nutritious oils, starches, vitamins and amino acids in the diet * Crops that can be stored for longer Over 3,000 GM foodstuffs are currently being tested. Whether most GM crops remain in laboratories and greenhouses or transform the way we produce food remains an open question, but it will certainly be a long time before we know the answer. ...read more.

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A well done essay. The essay flows well and shows good analysis of key concepts involved with the topic of genetic engineering, and how there are both disadvantages and advantages to the sides of each argument. To improve the ...

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A well done essay. The essay flows well and shows good analysis of key concepts involved with the topic of genetic engineering, and how there are both disadvantages and advantages to the sides of each argument. To improve the candidate should consider moral views more, such as 'god playing' views.

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The introduction is good and introduces a range of concepts and different viewpoints that are going to be talked about. The essay is quite succinct in tone, and provides a range of opinions, and evaluates them, and provides two sides to a view. They consider social, economic and some moral impacts. The conclusion is adequate but should really tie up the negative and positive views a bit more by considering all the points discussed.

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Simple word mistakes in places. The essay flows well. Punctuation, grammar, and spelling is mainly good throughout the essay. Paragraphs are clear and easy to read by topic.


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