Reality behind the aperence.

Essay by aaliyaHigh School, 12th gradeA-, April 2003

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There are some foods in markets that may appear to be normal, but actually have lots of alterations in their genetic make up. These foods are referred to as Genetically engineered foods--plants created for human or animal consumption using the latest molecular biology techniques ( Genetic engineering uses DNA from organisms that have never been part of the human food supply to change the overall nature of the food consumed. Because living organisms are highly complex, genetic engineers cannot possibly predict all of the effects of introducing new genes into them. Deeper considerations of the powers of Genetic Engineering reveal serious dangers. Fears are increasing over the concern that genetic engineering technology is riskily used, the altered foods bring about many health dangers, and the environment is under attack.

Genetic engineering technology is not very precise because there are still risks involved with the usage of it.

It may disrupt the functions of other genes vital to the life of the organism that it is inserted into. Genetic engineers have little control over where a gene is inserted or how many copies of that gene are inserted into the receiving organism. Altering organisms at the genetic level can change the chemical composition of crops and foods ( Mutations can be created, which could be harmful to the environment and our health. This new technology threatens entire food supply, because insects, birds, and wind can carry genetically altered seeds into neighboring fields and beyond. Pollen from altered crops can cross-pollinate with natural crops and contaminate them. There would be widespread crop failure due to the fact that all the seeds have identical gene structure. As a result, fungus, virus, or pesticides could develop and attack a particular crop and causing all crops to fail. The genetically...