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Robert Imig Prof. Hess 10/23/07 Genetically Modified Food The United States of America always seems to be looking for the most cost effective way to do everything. This can definitely be seen in the production of GMO’s or Genetically Modified Organisms. Companies have bought up seed companies and made large investments to change the way America grows food. This new way is more cost effective and more economical. Genetically Modified crops can be created to withstand “pests, drought, and even herbicides.”(Anderson 2) Most farmers are unhesitant to buy these new GM seeds, due to their increased reliability. One specific example is the BT corn. BT corn is genetically modified to “resist pests, specifically the corn borer.” (Anderson 3) By inserting a gene they are able to make this happen. Farmers with BT corn no longer have to spend money on chemicals to kill this pest. BT cotton has also been produced using these same methods. (Anderson 3) Another example is “Roundup Ready Soybeans” which are soybeans that can withstand roundup so that farmers can
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course STSH 1110 taught by Professor Hess during the Fall '07 term at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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RobertImig_102307 - Robert Imig Prof. Hess 10/23/07...

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