Human Modification in Organisms Essay

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There has been a long standing argument whether or not it is ethical for humans to make modifications in organisms. There is no question that human modification in plants and animals will benefit humanity. Through GM crops and growth enhancers, they help humanity survive. There are several arguments that try to make GMO outlawed and they have almost no evidence to support it. The biggest advancement that will help humanity is by far Genetically Modified crops. These crops can be bigger, more resistant, grow faster and healthier, and contain more nutrients. The most important of the GM crops are soybeans. Already over half the world’s soybean crop today is genetically modified. The biggest modification to the soybean crops is the RoundUp resistant gene, allowing soybeans to be unharmed by herbicides. The farmers can now generally spray their fields without worrying about harming their crops while killing more weeds. This effectively raises the quality and quantity of the harvest. Maize or corn is another important GM crop. The genetic modifications in the maize allow the maize to become resistant to insects. When the insects eat the plant, the damage it causes allows fungus and other harmful diseases into the plant. By implanting this gene, it cuts down on the cost and use of harmful pesticides and herbicides on the corn as well as boosting production. Corn is one of the most heavily relied products in the world, and probably is the most heavily relied on product in the United States. When most people think of corn usually they think of corn on the cob or as a side vegetable, but really only a small percentage is actually used for eating raw (unchanged by chemicals). Over 40% of corn produced in the United States is actually used for ethanol, another 33 percent is used as feed for livestock, 13 percent is shipped to other countries, and 13 more percent is used

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