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Genetically Modified Crops
This paper discusses the risks vs. the benefits of genetically modified foods.
# 103574 | 1,371 words | 10 sources | APA | 2007 | US

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The paper explores the world-wide debate about genetically modified (GM) crops and explains the advantages and disadvantages of these products. The paper looks at the regulation of genetically modified foods in the United States and Europe and how GM food growth is drawing a political backlash. The paper discusses the powerful opposition of Greenpeace to genetic engineering. The paper concludes that as long as environmental organizations generate fear and doubt among politicians, retailers and the public, it will be almost impossible for the technology to break through, despite its benefits.

The Science of Genetic Engineering
Genetically Modified Foods and Hunger
Genetically Modified Foods and Biodiversity
Research for the Common Good
Growth of Genetic Engineering

From the Paper:

"The world wide debate about genetically modified crops has been a heated one, pitting biological progress against environmental conservation. The genetically modified foods issue involves complex factors including politics, international trade, and social and cultural norms. Advocates of GM foods say that the increased yields and decreased price of using genetically modified seeds can help to alleviate world hunger. However, progress is being hampered by over cautious environmentalists and consumers, mostly in Europe and Japan. These wealthy areas of the world can afford to take precautions that the starving people of the world cannot, but the preference of consumers in wealthy countries of whole, natural, organic foods is influencing impoverished countries."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anderson, Clifton E (2005, September). BIOTECH ON THE FARM: Realizing the Promise. The Futurist, 39(5), 38-42. Retrieved April 30, 2007, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 881324521).
  • Borlaug, Norman E. (2003, January 22). Science vs. Hysteria. Wall Street Journal (Eastern Edition), p. A.14. Retrieved April 30, 2007, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 279294081).
  • Driver, Alistair. (2005, May). GM crops' future 'in the hands of green movement'. Farmers Guardian,6. Retrieved May 2, 2007, from ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry database. (Document ID: 840960891)
  • Gray, Alan (2004). Genetically modified crops: Broader environmental issues. Journal of Commercial Biotechnology, 10(3), 234-240. Retrieved May 2, 2007, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 637387711).
  • Greenpeace flays report on GM crops. (2004, May). Businessline,1. Retrieved May 2, 2007, from ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry database. (Document ID: 638460131).

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