Lec 26 - University of California, Berkeley Engineering 124...

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University of California, Berkeley Professor Kastenberg Engineering 124 Impacts of Technology on Society Engineering 124 Lecture 26 4/26/07 GMOs Goals of Bio-agriculture (intended Impacts) o Increase resistance to pests (e.g. BT-cotton) o Raise tolerance to pesticides (e.g. Herbicide-tolerant soybean) o Increase market value o Reduce dependence on pesticides Herbicides (Atrazine) Atrazine is the most used chemical in the United States o Weed-Killer o Health-hazard o Used by the tens of thousands of tons o Carcinogens They are manufactured to kill things Fungicides (Alachlor, Aldicarb) Insecticides (Lindane, Parathion) o First rate Food supply in the United States No famine in this country Agriculture used to be the United States largest industry o Theses pesticides get into our food chain Mississippi River brings a large amount pesticides into the Gulf of Mexico Causes the fish to ingest and die or get into our seafood Use of GMOs in the U.S.
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course E 124 taught by Professor Kastenberg during the Spring '07 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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