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Running head: BIOENGINEERING 1 Genetically Modified Corn Crystal Barnes BIO-FP1000 Bioengineering Capella University January, 2018
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BIOENGINEERING 2 Genetically Modified Corn This paper summarizes the main points presented in the article “Genetically Modified Corn--Environmental Benefits and Risks”. This article is ideal for the topic of genetically modified corn because it contains the following two most essential concepts: the benefits and the risks. Corn is one of the most abundant crops in the world, making it more susceptible to pests or insects. The goal is to produce a more desirable product with a desirable trait. In this case, pest control is a desirable trait. Through biotechnology and genetic engineering, scientists can create high-yielding crops to produce toxins that destroy unwanted pests. There are advantages and disadvantages of this technology; however, the need for genetically modified crops will continue to outweigh the risks. The Main Points Presented and the Credibility of the Article The article proposes that the goal of genetically modified (GM) corn is to produce a more desirable product (Gewin, 2003). Another source supports the credibility of this article by suggesting a study done in 2014 confirms that farmers in the Philippines have tripled their earnings   due to Bt corn popularity (“Philippines: DA says bt corn,” 2015). In recent years, farmers have focused on introducing more desirable traits such as pest control. Pest control is vital because finding an insect that has eaten half of the corn is probably not appealing to a consumer.
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