For my gallery project, I chose the overall topic of genetically modified crops in Argentina. While doing my research, I found that the topic of genetically modified crops was far too broad, and narrowed my topic down to health issues caused by genetically modified crops in Argentina. Through my research I found that most of the health problems that were proven to be related to genetically modified crops were tied to the pesticides used on them. For this research paper I would like to follow the format of my presentation: background, geographical effects, basics about genetically modified organisms, the health risks of genetically modified crops, comparisons of Argentina’s GM crops, world politics implications, and my proposed solutions.
It is important to start research about Argentina with the basics. It is the eighth largest country in the word in terms of land size. Argentina’s great size causes it to have a wide range of climates and a huge amount of biodiversity, which creates a rather large opportunity for agriculture. The fact that Argentina has a lot of room for agriculture affects my topic because crops are one of the main things that make up agriculture, and according to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications, Argentina is the third largest producer of genetically modified crops (ISAAA). Also important to know in terms of basics about Argentina in relation to the world is that it is the 3rd largest economy in Latin America, according to the Wall Street Journal in its article “Exchanges in Argentina Move Toward Greater Integration” (Turner). More importantly it is important to note that Argentina’s economy has a strong emphasis on export of agricultural goods, which will come up later in the research.
The next important thing to understand in my research is genetic modification itself. GMO stands for genetically modified organism, and the first GMO was created in 1996. A USA Today article by Jolie Lee called “What you need to know about GMOs” said that “GMOs are plants or animals whose cells have been inserted with a gene from an unrelated species in order to take on specific characteristics” (Lee). This quote is one of the best ways to explain what GMOs are. They are things that have parts of other organisms DNA (that have a specific characteristic) implanted in their DNA so they will then have that characteristic. Basically, GMOs are organisms that scientists have changed to make them different in some way. One very common example of genetic modification of food is corn, which has been genetically modified many times to become what we know today. Corn has been modified to have higher yield, to stand up to stronger pesticides, to have a longer shelf life, and so on.
Now to the most important findings of the research conducted – the genetically modified crops and the health issues caused by them. It is important to understand that genetically modified crops...