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NR HW 2 - Derek Kirby Conservation Issues A new genetically...

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Derek Kirby Conservation Issues A new genetically modified food (GMF) called Golden Rice is creating a large controversy between researchers who have been studying and developing this product. The new type of rice is made by cross breeding normal rice species with the gene that makes daffodils yellow. The result creates a rice species that has a higher concentrate of vitamin A. Over one million children die each year, and over 350,000 go blind, due to the deficiency of vitamin A in their food consumption. The scientists who designed this product took ten years and 2.6 million dollars to make it. They obviously had great expectations for this product. Finally, they were successful and the golden rice was about to be put on the market. However, there was a predicament that aroused. While the new GMF could save millions of lives and prevent suffering for thousands, this could lead to farmers being dependent on multinational seed producers. Introducing a new plant into the world could cause several ecological problems that would be tough to recover from. Some say that the
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