Biodiversity - Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are...

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Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are created by using recombinant DNA technology and artificially inserting genes from a different species to create a transgenic plant. Despite the appeal of this technology to some, there is constant debate over whether or not genetically modified food crops risks outweigh their benefits or vice versa. After reviewing both articles, I support Meadows’ position. Even though Conway has a solid argument for eliminating world hunger and malnutrition via use of GMOs, even he states that the potential negative consequences outweigh the benefits of introducing such technology into the world (Conway 1999). I believe that GMS should be used as a last resort and we should instead focus on sustainable agriculture, as stated by Meadows. World hunger does not exist due to a lack of food but rather due to an improper distribution of food. According to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Report, the principal cause of persistent problems is food availability caused by countries inability to attain economic development and reduce poverty (FAO 2000). These inabilities severely limit the ability of people to increase their food consumption. Producers of genetically modified (GM) crops argue that biotechnology is the cure for world hunger. They state that GM crops can assist developing countries in producing high crop yields, better surviving natural disasters and obtaining higher nutrient levels in their food. However, hunger is not only a function of agricultural yield but also of mismanaged government and a series of other factors,
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This note was uploaded on 03/28/2009 for the course BEE 3299 taught by Professor Scott,n.r. during the Spring '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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