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This paper presents a viewpoint in opposition to genetically modified crops, or genetically engineered foods, asserting that these plants may have dire consequences in the health of consumers, animals, and world hunger. The paper claims that the lands that farmers cultivated for generations are ruined by modified plants. It also states that genetically modified crops have herbicide and pesticide resistant genes that encourage stronger, more destructive weeds, which in turns forces farmers to apply more pesticide, compromising the health of their farms and defeating the purpose of a resistant gene in a modified plant. The paper mentions the Monsanto Company, noting that organic farms have been run out by big companies that provide genetically modified crops to farmers. The paper concludes that through research and advocacy of organic agriculture, the public can have access to non-GM crops and foods; and this should eventually result in supporting hard-working farmers and improving the world's economy.
From the Paper:"The lands that farmers have been cultivating for years and generations were ruined by modified plants. Soil is also harmed by the herbicides and pesticides that farmers spray on to their fields. The modified crops that they plant have herbicide and pesticide resistant genes that keep them from dying of the chemicals. What the resistance from the plants has done is that the weeds and bacteria have evolved to be stronger and better at killing plants (Pollack). This turn in evolution has caused frenzy in farmers and so they spray more and more of the chemicals onto their fields, compromising the health of their farms and defeating the purpose of a resistant gene in a modified plant ("The World" 4). The problems of the conditions of the soil on farms are far less than the problems of keeping organic farms in the U.S. and Canada. Organic farms have been run out by big companies that provide genetically modified crops to farmers and pay them to plant. The infamous company in U.S. and Canada is Monsanto Company. Currently in Canada, there are no more organic canola oil farms because they have been contaminated by genetically modified canola, making them no longer organic (Rees 3-4). Supporters of Monsanto and GM foods say that farmers have a clear choice between picking GM crops and natural foods. The farmers in fact would like to have natural crops completely on their fields but the contamination of GM crop seeds make it very difficult to keep their seeds clean (Rees 4)."
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- Rees, Andy. "Genetically Modified Food Should Be Banned." Genetically Engineered Foods. Ed. Nancy Harris. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2009. At Issue. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 16 Nov. 2010.
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