Monday, 3 January 2011

1. What is a GM Crop.
It is a Crop that has been purposefully and genetically modified by humans for our benefits. An example of a genetically engineered crop is a tomato that has been redesigned to last longer after it has been picked.

2. List 2 arguments FOR the growing of GM crops
Having pest resistant crops could help the environment because
pest resistant crops require much less pesticide and, therefor much less chemicals. Technically Genetically modifying plants is natural. Plants modify themselves through evolution and humans have always used selective breeding to change plants and animals.

3. List 2 arguments AGAINST the growing of GM crops.
It is posible that GM crops can cause allergies. In the process of making GM foods genes that cause allergens can become mixed. This puts the health of many children and adults at risk. GM crops are expensive to grow and not all farms can afford them. The GM crops domination of the market would put the 'Ma and Pa' farms at risk of going out of business. This in turn could hurt the economy.

4. Practice this simulation until you get the largest ears of corn. How many times did it take you?
It took me only 2 tries to get the largest possible corn.

5. List two foods and describe how they are being modified
Bananas are being modified so as to work as a vaccine for a number of diseases.
Many fruits such as strawberries melons and even grapefruits. These can be modified for a number of things such as: flavor shelf life and resistance to bugs.

Do you think food should be labeled if it has been genetically modified? Why or Why not?
I definitively think that food should be labeled if it is modified. I have nothing against genetic engineering, I believe it is a fantastic new technology that has the potential to benefit man kind, but many people fear genetic engineering. These people may not always be correct in their fear but they at least deserve to know what they are consuming and they deserve to make their own decisions about whether or not to eat genetically engineered products.

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