Genetic foods have become a hot-button issues these past years due to the worry concerning their safety and the health of those that ingest them. Right now, people are pretty clearly split about whether genetically altering foods is beneficial to the world as a whole or if they are leading us down a terrible road that ends with widespread illness. Here are a few things to consider.
When one mentions genetically altering foods, this could mean either by taking the DNA from certain plants and bacteria and injecting them into an entirely different plant, resulting in a new crop with different properties, or simply just using selective breeding techniques to produce plants along a desired path. An example of the former would be finding ways to produce pesticide-resistant crops. An example of the latter would be to produce seedless crops.
Error. Page cannot be displayed. Please contact your service provider for more details. (27)Changing the genetic makeup to allow crops to resist the effects of pesticides reduces the amount of pesticide actually needed, as well as the amount of insects attacking the crops. It lets crops grow relatively unhindered by the surrounding environment, allowing for fewer instances of entire crops being devastated by a pest outbreak or unforeseen weather conditions.
So then, can genetically engineered food solve world hunger? At this exact moment, we aren’t sure. No one can agree whether the world is facing a food crisis based on the lack of food or just the distribution and politics behind the food, which is a crucial distinction. If the world is suffering from a lack of food on the production level, then genetic foods can be created that grow faster and more plentiful, but if it comes down to distribution and politics, then the food itself isn’t the issue.