In a perfect world, what would everyone have? Well, they most likely would have good health, money, stability, and proper environment to live very productive lives. This is what people strive to have, but very few receive. Why? There are many reasons. One reason might be the lack of agricultural advancement in many countries. If these countries were to embrace genetically modified crops, the citizens would have much better lives. According to Osakabe, Yuriko, Kajita, and Osakabe, in their article “Genetic Engineering Of Woody Plants: Current And Future Targets In A Stressful Environment”, genetic engineering in plants is better than traditional breeding methods because “…they bypass the long generation for breeding…” (106). Genetically modified crops have been given the best genes for survival, quickly making them superior plants (113). If taken advantage of, the World could be a much better place. To advance the health, economy, and environment of the United States and the rest of the World, genetic engineering on plants should be advanced and increasingly used.
Health in the United States and the world is becoming a major problem due to the quality and quantity of food produced. Poorer countries have usually been undernourished because of the lack of constant food supply. But soon, the lack of food will not just be in the poorer countries. The population of the world is increasing rapidly and by 2050 the population will have reached 9.4 billion and to feed the world, agriculture production will have to increase with the population (O’Neill 18). Also affecting the health of the world is the lack of vitamins, proteins, and many other sources of nutrients in everyday foods (22).
To fix these problems, genetic engineering should be used to increase yield and genetically modify the crops to contain more of the nutrients needed to survive. From their first introduction in 1996, genetically modified crops have been planted in almost thirty countries, covering one hundred forty-eight million hectares. But how much is planted does not equal how much food is going to be produced. Insect and weed damage are causes of major problems that affect the yield of crops. Through genetic modification, these two adversaries of production have been greatly reduced and so increasing yield (Mannion and Morse 747). So much so, that “In 2006 it was estimated that GM [Genetically Modified] soybean had a 20% increase in yield compared with non-GM varieties of the same crop, and the corresponding figures for cotton and maize were 15% and 7%, respectively.”(753) Genetically modified crops could be the part of the solution of hunger.
While hunger can be lessened by genetically modified crops, those crops can also be used to solve the lack of with nutrients in food. For example, vitamin A in rice has been increased to reduce the illnesses (e.g. blindness, anemia, etc.) caused by lack of vitamin A. More examples of the benefits of genetically modified...