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How and Why Are GM Foods A Global Issue?

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  • Submitted: 28/05/2003
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How and Why Are GM Foods A Global Issue?

The introduction of Genetically-Modified (GM) Foods is a current hotly debated topic in the worldwide media and generally affects the worldwide population. GM foods are based upon cloaning natural crop genes from one species to another, which do not have to be close alike conventional methods e.g. soya and maize. The objective of their use is to make crops pest, weather and disease resistant and herbicide tolerant (www.foodfuture.org.uk). At present, GM crops are not grown in the UK but are in other parts of the world. It is a factor in the process of continuing globalisation. GM seeds have been introduced into the global food chain but worldwide concerns have caused divisions and controversies due to the uncertain consequences, lack of public agreement and economic repercussions. It involves everyone - consumers, producers, governments across the world are major players in the GM foods issue. This paper seeks to answer why it is a global issue, the economic factors involved, the eco-system and biodiversity, political factors and finally summarising of how and why it is viewed as a global topic for investigation.

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