Transgenic Crops for Foods
By: Johnny Manfre & Tanner Horneck
How are Transgenic Crops are made?
How is it being used currently?
Transgenic crops are currently used in soybeans, canola, cotton, corn, tomatoes, and many other crops. Different uses for transgenic crops are for herbicide tolerance and insect resistance. Herbicide is a toxic substance to plants. The use of transgenic crops in society are to provide the crops with proteins that are resistant to insects that feed on them and help them survive longer to produce more of its species.
Yes, transgenic crops provide many disadvantages. First of all, transgenic crops are not completely safe to eat as they can contain some substances that lead to diseases like cancer. Also, since genetically modified crops are new to humans, they can have an unusual taste that might scare of buyers of these newly designed foods.
How does it affect organisms?
Transgenic crops affect organisms both positively and negatively. These crops affects humans because transgenic crops are more nutritious and less expensive. Transgenic crops are also negative to humans by having the possibility of causing allergic reactions and starting a new range of diseases.
Do they affect the economy?
Yes, they do in fact affect the economy. Transgenic crops would affect economics negatively because it is very expensive to develop these artificially selected crops. Also, it is a very time consuming process which although it may produce a longer rate, it will take while to actually get them in stores to get them to be bought by every day customers.
How do they affect the environment?
Bacillus thuringiensis is a bacteria that is found in most genetically modified crops. BT another name for Bacillus thuringiensis, use up all the soil's minerals and destroys the useful bacteria that protect natural crops from pests. BT can also enter streams or ocean and can affect the lives of different aquatic life. Lastly, Transgenic crops carry a toxic substance that is harmful to non-targeted species such as the Monarch Butterfly.( More affects shown below).
How does it affect the world in a social aspect/affect our future?