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Genetically Modified Foods Liam Pettinger Contents PAGE 3 Introduction 3to4 What is Genetic Modification? 4 What are the facts? 5to6 What are the arguments? : FOR 6 What are the arguments? :AGAINST 7 Conclusion 7 Recommendation General Studies: Report into advantages and disadvantages of GM crops This is a report looking at the advantages and disadvantages that come with the new technology of genetically modified (GM) foods. I will be gathering and analyzing information for both sides of the argument and coming to my own conclusions about what I think should be done on the subject. I will be concentrating on whether or not GM foods would have a good impact on the world or a bad one, by this I mean, will GM foods help to solve food shortages in Africa or will they have a damaging effect on the environment. I will carry out my report using information provided for me in class, this information is 6 A4 sheets of information which has different views on the subject of GM technology. What is Genetic Modification? This technology was developed during the 1970s to enable scientists to modify characteristics of living organisms by precisely manipulating their genes. ...read more.


pesticides, this is done by putting a gene into the DNA of the plant that is resistant to the same thing as the pesticide. This means that when the crop is plated it will in effect have the pesticide built into it allow for it to fight off weeds or insects without the endless spraying of insecticides. People also say that this is good for the environment because it means that the farmer doesn't need to keep spraying the crops, this is good for thee environment because less fuel is used because the tractor isn't needed and good insects aren't killed off by the continuous spraying. The second of the arguments for GM crops is that they may be the solution to the planets food shortages it is estimated that if the population of earth continues to grow at the rate it is then it will double to 10 billion by the year 2030. The earth's resources are already strained now so what will it be like in the future. They believe that this is were GM crops can help this because they can triple crop yields without requiring additional farmland, saving valuable rainforests and animal habitat, and some of the plants will preserve precious ground soils and water resources. ...read more.


Conclusion It is difficult to say what should be done about this problem because of course we should plan for the future and make sure our children and grandchildren will not go hungry in the future. Even though it is important to consider our future we may be sacrificing things which by rights we shouldn't, like insects and plants. Maybe the problem is not the food but the population spiraling out of control maybe more should be done to control that! Recommendation In my opinion I think things like this should be tested but with caution, I believe that we should push on with research so that we don't leave it to late to address the problem but the tests should be very carefully monitored and every effort should be made to make sure that there is as little cross pollination as possible. Meanwhile I think more effort should be taken to address the problems of third world countries because for a lot of people in poverty the only reason that they have so many children is so that they can work to feed the family, I believe that if this technology was made cheaper then third world farmers could afford it and be able to support more people, maybe this way it could slow down the growth of the population. Liam Pettinger General Studies Report - 1 - ...read more.

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