Essay on The Many Benefits f Genetically Modified Foods
“At the end of the 18th century, Reverent Thomas Malthus predicted...that food supply could not keep up with exponentially rising …show more content…
Historically, farmer’s breed plants and animals for desired traits for over thousands of years. The most known used gene among crop plants is from a soil bacterium called Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). It is a naturally occurring bacterium that produces crystal proteins, which is deadly to insect larvae, but is perfectly harmless to humans (Halford “Plant Biotech” 29). The success of this delivery process is reflected in the introduction of insect protected potato, cotton and corn products in the US and other countries.
The gene Bt is directly transferred into plants to produce its own pesticides against insects. “Approximately 1.8 acres of genetically modified insect protected...were grown in the US in 1996” (Kotsnosis 79). Insect pest is known to be the main cause of crop losses resulting in financial loss for farmers and starvation in emerging countries. Each year, insects destroy about 25 percent of food crops worldwide. It is why farmers typically use tons of chemical pesticides annually.
Ideally consumers prefer to consume foods that have not been treated with pesticides due to potential health hazards. Excessive use of pesticides and fertilizers can harm the