Food and STEM: GMOs

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Looking into the future, genetically modified foods, such as the one shown in the picture, will create a larger impact than ever on the entire food production industry. To the modern day, they have revolutionized not only the farmer’s method of growing crops, but also the consumer’s method of purchasing food. However, there exist many mixed opinions: for some scientists, this process is economical and solves a multitude of exigent issues, whereas others argue that this production is unethical and unlawful. With this whole process increasing in relevancy in the modern world, it’s necessary that we all come to a straightforward conclusion on the manner. I am here today to provide you with evidence on why GMOs are actually ethical and beneficial to the food industry!

Alleviating the overpopulation crisis

When you think about technology mixed with food, you’re certain to find advantages in the economic and social side of things. Specifically, overpopulation. The global population is growing at a high rate – and the number of people who are hungry today will only increase as a cause of this. Albeit, America itself has begun solving this crisis. Genetic engineers have established a fortified grain that can be produced much more economically than typical crops! Moreover, this grain enables farmers to grow high yield crops immune to common sources of the overpopulation crisis: crop-infection and over-farming. With more third-world nations getting a hold of this method, the world is becoming less hungry at a good rate. Therefore it’s definitely justifiable for nations to continue producing these GMOs. Genetic engineers deserve a lot of respect for their ingenuity and diligence in creating these results.

A happier environment

Traditional agricultural engineers use herbicides and insecticides on their crops. While these can help farmers, they never reach beyond ephemeral aid and productivity, and usually, result in soil destruction and water pollution. Consider the papaya plant. When incorporated with pesticides, the papaya plant has a chance of crippling completely, to spreading virus and disease to other plants in the area. These results inhibit our engineers from doing their job: innovating methods to improve humanity. In contrast, genetic engineers eliminate this compromise by producing GMOs. GMOs are actually produced in cross-breeding methods, and as biology nerds may know, involves incorporating the best traits possible among two species into one ideal species. Subsequently, the need for chemicals to bolster the strength of the crops is replaced with natural stability. To illustrate, Chinese genetic engineers have developed a form of cotton that requires 80% less insecticide spray than traditional cotton. The study that conducted this result also shows that the Chinese cotton had less soil destruction and was overall healthier and stronger than the traditional cotton. Thus, with GMOs being increasingly regulated, the burden of traditional crops is eliminated and replaced with a thriving environment and a thriving economy.

I hope this showed you that GMOs actually do serve a positive role in society.  However, they are not perfect and we must acknowledge that. The advancements genetic engineers behind them must produce in technology will be expected as we move forward into the future. Because moreso than any other necessities, the needs to cure hunger and food-borne illness will never die. Therefore, the public, not only those involved scientifically, must embrace the betterment of GMOS for one goal: the betterment of humanity.

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