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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

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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.


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.


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.

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