Individual Project - Transgenic Plants: Negative or...

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Transgenic Plants: Negative or Positive? The development of new technology in science always seems to bring about a great deal of controversy and interest with it. When a new development is reached, scientists must determine if it should be used, and if so, how should it be used? Genetic engineering is no different. When it was discovered in the 1970’s, many people were excited about the new possibilities this could bring to our world. However, there were also many people who felt it was a danger to the universe, and that it should be banned immediately. In 1987, a National Science Academy report showed that there were no unique problems caused by genetic engineering. By 1992, the U.S. Office of Science and Technology removed rules that were made due to the belief that genetically engineered crops were more hazardous than traditionally produced crops. Areas with genetically engineered crops increased from 1.7 hectares in 1996 to 27.8 hectares in 1998. Currently, the US is at a crossroads in the issue. Unlike Europe, who has passed many restrictions on the use of genetically engineered crops, the US has not imposed any severe regulations on them yet. However, many critics are worried about the problems they may cause in the areas of nutrition, toxicity, allergies, and ecology. Others admit these issues require more research, but still believe that genetic engineering of crops should continue. In fact, most of these believers feel that this could be the only way to continue feeding the world in the future. The issue has many different sides and beliefs to it, and finding the right solution is of utmost importance. The article by the Royal Society of London argues that use of genetic modification of crops could prove to be a major help to the world in the near future. Researchers have estimated that by 2030, the global population will be 8 billion, 2 billion
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more than the current population. This increase means we must find a solution to meet the demand for food across the world without destroying the natural environment of our world. We already have over 800 million people living in our world who do not have access to enough food to live properly. In order to fix this problem in the future, we must figure out how to maximize the production in our current farmland. They argue that
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course ISP 203 taught by Professor Paquette during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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