• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In today's society, genetically modified food is a widely discussed topic with many controversies and benefits. Genetic modification is used in many different techniques to control a variety of traits of plants

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Kaitlin Reilly Exam 2 In today's society, genetically modified food is a widely discussed topic with many controversies and benefits. Genetic modification is used in many different techniques to control a variety of traits of plants and the consequences of one manipulation may be completely different from another, based on the traits modified. Throughout the health realm, many names are derived from genetic modified food such as: "Frankenstein Foods," "Cure on the Cob?" and "Are there drugs in my cornflakes?" In the United States, genetically modified food refers to a combination of plants and animals that produce the recombinant DNA (rDNA), which produces a new DNA molecule by splicing together two or more variations of units of DNA. The FDA, the USDA, and the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) regulate food in the United States. ...read more.

Middle

Some benefits of genetically modified food helps crops enhance taste and quality, reduce maturation time and increase nutrients. GM helps animals increase resistance, productivity, hardiness, and fee efficiency. It also helps animals better their yields of meat, eggs, and milk and also improves animal health and diagnostic methods. The environment improves its "friendliness" with bioherbicides and bioinsecticides, the GM helps create conservation of soil, water, and energy and betters the natural waste management. Society increases food security for growing populations from the combinations of crops, animals and the environment. There are many controversies and GM involving safety, labeling, Society, Ethics and Access and intellectual properties. Some debates in safety of GM is the potential human health impact: allergens, transfer of antibiotic resistance markers, unknown effects Potential environmental impact and on the organisms. ...read more.

Conclusion

The scientific perspective view risks interims of probability, the number of events likely to occur in a given number of chances. How the scientist assess risks are usually not accurate. For instance, the mad cow disease in animals and a type of the disease in humans were not expected and so when they tried to determine the risk associated with new sources of animal feed were not considered. Another emotional issue is the role that GM plays in relieving global hunger. GM seeds increase the yields and also reduce crop losses thru pest-resistance genes. Antagonists argue that the root of the world hunger problems is not production but poverty and food access, which are primarily economic, social, and political problems. They say the world produces plenty of food per capita but regardless, hunger exists because of the lack of access to food and its poor distribution. EXAMPLES>>>>> ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Variation and Inheritance section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Variation and Inheritance essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Evaluating the risks and benefits of GM crops.

    4 star(s)

    The rats were fed three different diets of potatoes, one group was fed normal potatoes, the other had lectin sprinkled onto the potatoes and the last groups were fed GM potatoes were the lectin gene was inserted into the potato.

  2. Peer reviewed

    The potential benefits and risks of genetically modifying food.

    4 star(s)

    Once released, they can never be recalled or contained. For some companies there is also a definite advantage to boycotting or endorsing genetically modified food for example although Biotechnology companies would have you believe that the industry is motivated by such noble goals as bettering the environment, improving human health,

  1. The impact of Genetically Modified Foods

    This use of GM technology is economically good for developing countries and environmentally friendly to habitats that can be affected by the use of various pesticides. There is however much opposition to the use of Genetic Engineering of crops and unwillingness to accept them has been shown by various scientists and protestors across the globe.

  2. Pressure groups are important in the debate about Genetic modification. How would you define ...

    An example of this was, in 1994 the A452 Coordination Group campaigned to block plans by Warwickshire County Council to make the A452 a dual carriageway, which would have a number of environmental implications. The plans to have a dual carriageway were dropped after the intense lobbying from the group.

  1. Food Policy at a Crossroads, A World of Plenty or a World of Famine ...

    Genetically Modified Organism Background The promise of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or Genetically Modified Foods (GMFs) is increased yields from agriculture, more powerful control of pests and weeds, reduced use of agrochemicals and enhanced nutritional value. "The agro-biotechnology industry has announced a revolution: it promises to increase world food production and reduce the requirements for water and other natural resources.

  2. There have been major technical developments in genetically modified plants. Identify and briefly comment ...

    Although it may be scientifically possible to undertake a certain experiment or introduce a new type of crop for commercial planting, it does not follow that it would be ethically right to do so. Working out what is right or permissible to do involves, therefore, bringing together scientific understanding with

  1. Religion and Medical Ethics.

    This indicates that some treatments don't allow the child to know who their parents are. The other Christian churches have different attitudes and allow IVF and AIH. They believe that the rejected embryos are not foetuses and that it's appropriate to use available resources to supply a husband and wife with the gift of children.

  2. General Motors Social Responsibility Strategy.

    first company to install the catalytic converter in all cars sold in the U.S. They were also responsible for developing the catalytic converter. * In 1995, GM published the first industry paper on calculating recyclability of automobiles. (Other pioneers and leadership firsts can be found on the GM website. www.gm.com)

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work