GMOS-Agricultural Future

Anushka Limaye-Furnish, APHUG 7th

GMOs have many health benefits

With GM crops, we can grow low calorie foods, such as low-calorie sugar beets and oils with lower saturated fat content. We can even engineer some diseases out of certain foods. For example, we can have corn that is less prone to disease. We can also increase vitamin content in certain foods, such as rice. in fact, 'golden rice' is a type of miracle rice that can stimulate our bodies to generate vitamin A.

Farmers will reap great benefits from GM technology

Farmers currently spend a lot on pesticides, and also have to use a lot of chemicals to kill pests and keep them away from their crops. With GM crops that are genetically engineered to repel pests, farmers don't have to use many kinds of pesticides. In addition, farmers will not have to use multitudes of pesticides to kill weeds. Instead, they can use one. This also helps the environment.

Genetical Modification is completely natural

Plants and animals genetically modify themselves all the time. THat's basically what evolution is. So, if scientists speed up the process just a bit an dget so many benefits, it's truly a great thing. Genetic modifaction in nature simply takes longer, and not as precise. Using modern technology, GM crops can be altered precisely to meet our needs, and nothing more. We can engineer the crops to be helpful to us, to have desirable size, colour, texture, an taste.

GM crops can adequately feed the rapidly expanding population

Geneticaly modified crops are hardier than other plants. Therefore, if we use genetically modified plant, the growing population will be adequately fed. We will not need to spend hours sorting crops, but rather more time processing them and handing then out to the people. AS the Nuffield council on biotech says, "The possibility that (biotech) crops could make a substantial contribution to providing sufficient food for an expanding world is, on its own, a solid reason for engaging in the research that underlies their development."