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Genetically Modified Crops Gaurav Singh Environmental Issues Discussion Paper 1 Prof. Frank Gallagher
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On the global scale, the world appears be approaching the limits of food production as well as land and water resources. Many questions arise as to how the world’s population will sustain enough food for survival if the world’s food production came to a halt. Many experts have theorized that genetically modified crops are our only hope, even saying that they are beneficial to our health. The possibility of our food production being cut off and the inability to use the earth’s natural resources poses a very serious issue, world famine. This concern can be better-understood using supply and demand curves as in the microeconomic theory. Simply put, when the demand of food production outweighs the supply situation of food… ( I need to end this sentence some how) Genetically modified crops, or genetically engineered foods are simply foods that have had their DNA altered some way to benefit the human society. According to recent studies from 2006, 10.3 million farmers planted 252 million acres of genetically engineered crops in 22 countries. These numbers prove that this method to produce more food is becoming rapidly prevalent around the world. The majority of these crops were herbicide- and insect-resistant soybeans, corn, cotton, canola, and alfalfa. Other crops that were genetically altered were sweet potatoes resistant to a virus that could decimate most of the African harvest, rice with increased iron and vitamins that may assuage chronic malnutrition in Asian countries, and a gamut of plants that were able to survive
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