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Whats Killing You Essay

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Genetically modified or GM crops could be the answer to the world’s problems. They keep prices affordable allowing the growing population to be fed. It has been said that the population should double in the next fifty years, a world of twelve billion people. If this is true that means the world will need to produce more food than it has in all its’ past years combined. Using GM crops would then make fruits and vegetables such as lettuce tomatoes, corn, oranges, and papaya available to the world which would be a healthy resolution to the growing population. Since GM crops are cheaper to plant and maintain than regular crops it allows them to be sold at a more affordable price. In the United ...view middle of the document...

Scientists have also discovered an anti-freeze gene for crops. The gene has been taken from cold water fish and introduced into plants such as potato and tobacco allowing them to survive temperatures that would kill regular crops. Since regular crops die at temperatures lower than twenty eight degrees for periods longer than four hours, this discovery allows farmers to grow later into the fall and winter seasons. When the season of a food expands it allows more money to be profited by it which in turn helps the farmers. The climate of an area can change a lot in a matter of years seeing extreme heat, cold, and rain. “’The central highlands of Mexico, for example, experienced their driest and wettest years on record back to back in 2011 and 2012’ according to Matthew Reynolds, a wheat physiologist at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in El Batán. Such variation is ‘worrisome and very bad for agriculture,’ he says. ‘It’s extremely challenging to breed for it. If you have a relatively stable climate, you can breed crops with genetic characteristics that follow a certain profile of temperatures and rainfall. As soon as you get into a state of flux, it’s much more difficult to know what traits to target.’” This unpredictable weather takes a toll on regular crops but with modifications GM crops are strong enough to withstand such conditions. An advantage of genetically engineering crops is that they can adapt to changes and new varieties can quickly be created. Creating a potato variety through conventional breeding, for example, takes at least fifteen years, while producing a GM potato variety takes less than six months which allows more to be grown in adapted conditions.
GM crops are safe and have more health benefits than regular crops. Many people believe that GM crops are dangerous or harmful to the body, but according to the American Association for the Advancement of Science “consuming foods containing ingredients derived from GM crops is no riskier than consuming the same foods containing ingredients from crop plants modified by conventional plant improvement...

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