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Dec 14, 2012 (4 years and 10 months ago)

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Have you ever eaten genetically
engineered foods?

Does it taste good?

What is the difference?

Scientists want to transfer desirable qualities from
one organism to another, for example, to make a
crop resistant to an herbicide or to enhance food
value.



the process where blueprints in a gene are modified
artificially combining the metabolic capacities of two
organisms into one


Common in food like corn, soy, wheat, canola, tomatoes,
potatoes, rice, etc.


Purpose for this:



To enhance the productivity to sell more and increase
the yield of soy


What are the benefits for genetic engineering
?



Large savings in food production leading to


financial gain and help fight poverty


Naturally pest
-
resistant and reduces the


additional chemicals, pesticides and other


dangerous additives


Reduce
“world” hunger


Crops


Animals


Environment



Society





What are the
disadvantages ?



genetic engineering is a new


technology that may have an effect


on the human body



many alternations include the


addition of chemical properties to


crops, many people fear the effect of


theses chemicals may bring to their


health



poor countries do not have easy


access to genetically engineered


foods unless given to them, giving


control to the richest nations in the


market as a result the poor nations will become


Dependent leading them to a broken economy


MORE CONTROVERSIES


Safety


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human and environmental impacts


Access and Intellectual Property


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domination


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dependence


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biopiracy



Ethics


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violation


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tampering & objections


Labeling


Society


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General about Genetic engineering


Genetic engineering reduces cost of production meaning that


that the poor people can afford more food


Cheaper and safer source of human medicine


Higher productivity



Genetic engineering is unnatural


GE crosses species barriers
which can not occur in nature



a high danger is the “gene flow”
transfer of genes from crops to
weedy relatives by cross pollination


Create toxins noxious
-
vegetation, harm to wild life and may create
new molds and fungi.



Facts about GE


The result is called genetically modified organism(GMO)


The Major aim is to produce much food at low cost to reduce the
world hunger


Can potentially be used in humans to change their appearance,
intelligence, character and adaptability


Conglomerates are buying up biotech start
-
up companies, seed
companies, agribusiness and agrochemical concerns,
pharmaceutical, medical and health businesses, and food and drink
companies creating life sciences complexes to fashion bio
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industrial
world


Top 10 agricultural companies control 81% of the $29billion per
year global agrochemical market



My opinion

Consumers are most supportive of those uses of biotechnology in
foods feel they will directly help them and their families. The
reasons consumers use biotechnology were to produce more
affordable pharmaceutical drugs by using plants and to produce
less expensive food to reduce hunger around the world. Those
same uses were viewed as having the most positive impact on
consumers and their families. A similar relationship existed for most
of the items tested. There will always be a positive and a negative
impact on health and the environment. People do not really look at
the labels on the food they buy they usually are exposed more to
the news t
he

biotechn
ology.


What can
you do
?




Inform yourself about the food you eat



Communicate with your neighbors



Join campaigns to label genetically modified foods



Encourage your local neighbors to ban genetic


engineering technology until it can be controlled



Educate yourself


-
“You are what you eat”
-

“unknown”