Genetic Engineering

Is Genetic Engineering the Answer to World Hunger?
Lisa Hess
SCI 207 Dependence of Man on the Environment
Instructor Duyen Nguyen
March 31, 2013

      During the early part of the 21st century the US started the Green Revolution. The Green Revolution is described as the end all of world hunger by genetically altering foods, such as maize (corn), wheat, rice, oilseed rape (canola), chicory, squash, potato, soybean, alfalfa, and cotton that could repel insects, grow and thrive in undesirable circumstances, and produce twice as much as a regular crop in impoverished countries. Genetic Engineered (GE) foods may provide: sturdy plants able to withstand weather extremes, drought-tolerant and salt-tolerant crops, better-quality food crops, higher nutritional yields, inexpensive and nutritious food, such as carrots with more antioxidants, foods with a longer shelf life, like tomatoes that taste better and last longer, food with medicinal (nutraceutical) benefits, such as edible vaccines – for example, bananas with bacterial or rotavirus antigens, disease- and insect-resistant crops that require less pesticide and herbicide – for example, GM canola ("Better health channel:," 2011). But are GE foods the solution to world hunger as well as be a solution to the sustainability of food for the expected increased population growth throughout the world? Could our government and scientific engineers be using GE as a smoke screen for their own benefit and agenda, pushing aside the true necessity of GE as a solution to world hunger? A lot of third world countries need GE to yield larger crops, with an extremely high presence of Islamic worshipers; they will not use GE foods due to their religious, social, and cultural beliefs. These countries are in dire need of food and water, but the Islamic community believes that there is an ethical and moral dilemma concerning the design and development of GE foods. My paper is will provide information on both the...