Benefits of GM Food:
With an ever increasing global population, massive 3rd world hunger, and with
an estimation that a child dies for every two seconds world wide from starvation;
this does not
even take into account the number of people who are
mal and undernourished, there is a great promise in the use of this technology
to benefit not only the farmers, but also societies worldwide.
Some opportunities to use GM foods for good is:
- Creating plants better resistant to weeds, pest and other diseases; such
- corn is the most important and widely grown grain in the United States.
- however, corn cannot reproduce without human aid.
- corn is also vulnerable to many pests and diseases, and corn requires
a lot of nutrients.
- Bigger yields to create more efficient use of land, less uses of
herbicides and other pesticides.
- Foods with better texture, flavor and nutritional value.
- Foods with a longer shelf life for easier shipping.
- Finally, GM foods can create an essential sustainable way to feed
Positive Environmental Impacts of GMO's:
Soil salinity has become a major problem in all agriculture especially
in the San Joaquin Valley. This has made crops less able to grow and
in some cases
unable to grow at all. Notice the white soil, cause by excessive salt in the
Thus we need to research the possibility of using the
genes of salt tolerant plants species (eg: mangrove) in our agricultural
Example of such crop:
- A gene from the grey mangrove, Avicennia marina, has been genetically implanted
into a tobacco plant, making it able to tolerate salt stress
as well as showing tolerance to other ionic stresses.
Creating a Sustainability through GMO's:
Some of the most exciting advances in genetically altered plants are
for non-food sources. Edible vaccinations are one such area.
- The genetic engineering of plants has the potential to provide edible
plant vaccines that could be used to immunize individuals against a
wide variety of infectious diseases ranging from cholera to potentially
- One such example:
- the transgenic potato plants that have been produced
and tested successfully by utilizing a genetically engineered
food to deliver
immunization against diarrhea.
corn image taken from here