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  • 1. Genetically Modified Foods Cody Watson Mr. Gregson Period 1
  • 2. Introduction
    • Genetically modified foods are foods that are changed genetically to improve the food or make it taste or grow better.
    • There are big controversies on whether or not we should actually do this.
    • Some people think that changing the genetic code in plants and food might make a super virus that would attack and kill very rapidly
    • Some options benefit our society, but if someone decides to genetically make a food or plant harmful, that would be very bad and would in now way turn out good.
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  • 3. Problem
    • Some people don’t believe in consuming unnatural food, or food that is tampered with by scientists, because it is unnatural
    • Scientists and people like environmentalists want to be able to genetically modified food because there is more of it, you wouldn’t have to use pesticides
    • A super virus could possibly be created in the food (Williamson, "Genetically Modified Food - News.“)
    • Some people think that foods aren’t meant to be changed
  • 4. Key Players
    • Scientists
    • Consumers
    • Environmentalists
    • Food and Drug Administration
  • 5. Allow genetic modification
    • The first option that could be done is to completely allow scientists to genetically modify foods because it eliminates pesticides.
    • One advantage with allowing genetic modification is that no crops will grow faster and more healthful.
    • Another is that a genetically modified corn crop could be used to make ethanol and lower gas prices.
    • A Disadvantage with this option is that food is grown in a lab, not naturally.
  • 6. Limited Allowance
    • This option would mean that scientists would only be able to genetically modify certain foods to a certain extent. That would mean no random testing on the food.
    • One advantage to this is that no super virus can be created because the only thing being done to the food is known to not be harmful to humans or other animals.
    • One disadvantage to this, Is that you wouldn’t be able to modify all foods.
  • 7. No Genetic Modification
    • This option means that no modification would be able to be done
    • An advantage to this option is that there is also no possibility that a virus can be created.
    • A disadvantage to this option is that we wouldn’t get the benefits of a genetically modified food source.
  • 8. Recommendation
    • My recommendation is that option two would be the best for everyone because there is no possibility for a bad virus that can harm us and we still get the benefits from genetic modification. Ethanol can be created from genetically modified corn, which would lower gas prices. Also, more food can be created to feed the poor and hungry people.
  • 9. Works Cited
    • Whitman, Deborah. &quot;Genetically Modified Foods: Harmful or Helpful?.&quot; Overview 2000 9 Jun 2008 <http://www.csa.com/discoveryguides/gmfood/overview.php>.
    • &quot;Genetically Modified Foods and Organisms .&quot; What are Genetically Modified (GM) Foods? Tuesday, July 24, 2007 8 Jun 2008 <http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/elsi/gmfood.shtml>.
    • Williamson, Marcus. &quot;Genetically Modified Food - News.&quot; 13 December 2007 9 Jun 2008 <http://www.connectotel.com/gmfood/>.