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Should GM crops be grown? Should GM crops be grown? This is the question many people find it hard to come up with an answer for. There are so many good and bad points about GM crops. Many people feel that GM crops are good because they are quick and easy to grow. They may be easy but you can't just let them re-seed because they aren't able to! Not even with human help. Each year farmers have to buy more seeds and plant them again meaning they will have to spray the fields with even more chemicals and pesticides which isn't good for the environment. Its fine letting the farmers get on with growing GM crops but we may have to eat it. Even if we chose a brand that says NO GM, it's impossible to tell because GM particles can travel for miles and infect non-GM crops surrounding it. Modified genes from crops in a GM crop trial can also transfer into local wild plants, creating a form of herbicide-resistant "super weed" Farmers are now using ...read more.


GM Crops are affecting society in many of the foods that we buy. The most common foods are maize, cotton, tomatoes, potatoes, corn, oilseed rape, soybean and sugar beet. These food items can be found in bread, pasta, chips etc. There are laws, which enforce the clear labelling of GM food on the ingredients list, which is helping the consumers of our society choose what they buy. GM crops were originally created for 3rd world countries. So why have they ended up here? Farmers feel that by buying GM they can earn more money because the crops grow quicker allowing them to then plant another one. This also means they have to buy more GM seeds and use yet again more chemicals, damaging the environment even more. It is understandable for 3rd world countries to plant GM products because they have shorter seasons in which they can grow their crops. In which case GM crops are ideal for them because it will grow in the short amount of time that they have. ...read more.


There are many other problems with GM such as Vegetarians and Vegans may find it offensive to put animal genes into plants and Pests may develop resistance to GM crops that have been designed to kill them. Also the more that Gene technology is used, the worse the environment will become. There is also the point that GM were made for third world countries but the demand from richer countries has pushed up the price meaning some countries will not be able to afford GM foods. By law GM products are allowed to be grown in selected parts of the UK. Although that may change because there are reports that GM foods may cause types of tissue difficiancy causing cancer. Which is why GM food consuming has been brought to a hault. I feel that GM products should be allowed to be grown in third world countries but countries that were managing steadily without GM use should slowly reintroduce more usage of non-GM products. This may be hard but not impossible because it has already infected so many non-GM products but it can be done. ?? ?? ?? ?? Phoebe Haymer 3E1 Phoebe Haymer 3E1 ...read more.

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