Benefits of genetically enhanced food pursuasive

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Agricultural science is one of the largest fields in which biotechnology is used and of which people benefit directly. So, what is genetically modified food and why is it used? With genetically modified food, it is possible to control various characteristic of crops, also enabling us to modify them to more desirable strains. This power to control the genetic traits of crops can bring economical benefits as well as medical benefits in the field of medicine. In Michael Chrichton's Jurassic Park, genetic engineering was used to recreate dinosaurs. This was a wonderful new technology that allowed paleontologist and scientist alike to discover new things about the extinct species while filling in gaps of missing information on certain animals in history books. However, this new-found power should only be used wisely with consideration to the complex moral issues and significant ecological impacts as to not end up as Jurassic Park did.

With the use biotechnology, genetically modified food or GM is made possible. A GM food can contain any gene that was altered, modified or changed using methods that do not occur naturally. (Better Health Channel) In this process, selected genes from an organism are transferred to another organism in order to have a desired outcome. This gene may come from a different type of species

What is genetic engineering in food used for, and what kind of problems does it fix? Genetic engineering can fix many problems such as ones in agriculture, allowing scientist to control plants' reproduction and create new products. Today, genetic engineering of plants and animals has allowed changes that are meant to bring people better and more healthful food, a safer and more pleasant environment, and improvements in health. This type of genetic engineering is not only used in the plants, but also the animals that...