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Morality of Genetic Modification
Genetic modification is methods that make it possible to change the
pattern in genetic material. The genetic material found in cells in
molecules called DNA, is the design for any living thing. I.e. plant,
animals, bacteria, etc. Changing the pattern of DNA molecules ay make
it possible to change the characteristics in the living organism.
The ability to modify organism’s genetic makeup has uses:
<> Understanding the basic of plant, animals, including humans.
<> Use in agriculture; better yield of crops and better for consumers.
<> In animals: better health, livestock and humans.
However genetic modification is doing more harm then good. Studies
show the disadvantages of genetic modification. These studies show
that GM crops and foods are harming the environment and could be
harming wildlife and even humans.
Crops that have been genetically modified (GM) to produce
pharmaceuticals that can contaminate the food supply.
There were scares that drugs that are produced by GM crops, were
getting into the food supply such as cereal.
‘Biopharma’ grown for the drug, produced for medicines were getting
mistaken for GM crops and ending up in American supermarkets as
breakfast cereal.
There has been a study that shows that crops that have been
genetically modified to resist insects kill not just ‘target insects’
(borer and weevil) but beneficial insects (monarch butterfly). They
also (GM crops) threaten habitats of birds and other animals.
Pollen from a successful GM crop, Bt-corn, was found that it killed
larvae of monarch butterflies, which are good for the environment.
A gene from a bacterium, bacillus thuringiensis, has modified bt-
corn. It makes the plant tissue toxic to resist a pest, which is hard
to remove with chemicals.
It’s harmless to humans and other creatures (such as bees and
ladybirds) however it’s deadly to the larvae because it feeds of the
leaves of the Bt-corn (milkweed).
I believe the technology involved in producing genetically
enhanced/altered crops or livestock will be much too expensive for the
average farmer to afford. Those who will be able to afford it will be
the corporate growers.