Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Genetically Modified Crops

Genetically modified crops have been a continual source of debate over the past few years, but this topic is now more prevalent than ever.  As crops are at their height in price and yield is declining, the need for a more efficient way to produce food is much greater.  In addition, because the world's population is growing so quickly (possibly to an additional 3 billion people during this half of the century), genetically engineering crops is becoming a much more favorable option than it was in the past.

Although strides made have raised the productive value of land to 10 times what it was 100 years ago, there is much more that needs to be done.  This improvement in productivity is the result of plant mutations via chemicals and radiation, chemical disease and pest control, and agricultural mechanization. However, better technology now exists that will hopefully further increase food production.

Molecular additions and modifications to crop genes have proved an even more effective way to increase crop production.  These modifications can protect plants from pests and diseases as well as reduce the need for pesticide use which benefits the environment and farmers.  This approach is a more targeted and refined version of plant mutation from chemicals and radiation.

Overall, though there is still a debate over whether or not these genetic modifications are safe, many believe that implementing genetic modifications in crops is the only chance our world has to produce enough food for our growing population.  These people also call for government agencies like the EPA to reduce its regulations to promote innovation in this field.

Genetically Engineered Food For All

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