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Gentically modified foods

The History of Genetically Modified Foods

-The 1980's marked the scientific discovery that specific pieces of DNA could be transferred from one organism to another.

-In the 1999's, 100 million acres are planted with genetically engineered plant seeds.

-As of 2004, genetically modified crops were being grown by 8.25 million farmers in 17 countries.

-In the early 2000's, genetically modified foods were known to be hazardous because

genetically modified foods carry unpredictable toxins and increase the risk of allergenic reactions.

Key people/First Experiments

Arpad Puszatai played a big part in discovering information about genetically modified foods. Puszatai first discovered in 1998 that genetically modified potatoes had negative effects to rats on their stomach lining and immune system. The first experiment conducted was in 2001 on genetically modified tomatoes and were concluded to be unsafe. During the experiment, seven out of twenty rats died two weeks after ingesting GM tomatoes for unknown reasons. At first, the tomatoes were said to be safe, but in the article Arpad Puszatai included the studies were designed poorly and inaccurate.

Comments

Farmer John Baker says...

Genetically modification has helped improve my farming conditions. Firstly, genetically modified organisms such as corn, can be modified to be resistant to diseases and drought. Also, in doing this it creates a better economy in which we have more suitable plants. I think that having genetically modified foods will be beneficial.