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Genetically Modified Plants

A presentation about GMOs.

Damian Panek

on 21 April 2011

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Genetically Modified Foods Genetically Modified Organisms are organisms that have been injected modified genes that make them have traits that they did not have before. Genes are inherited traits from both of the parents
which have DNA inside. The DNA is the instructions for making proteins for our bodies. Traits are features we inherit from our parents which are passed on through the chromosomes,which hold the genes inside, which are also in the sex cells. Herdity are the traits we inherit from our parents. What are Genetically Modified Plants? The Genetically modified plants are plants that have been genetically modified to be resistant to cold,herbicides and pesticides. They get their traits either for close spiecies or distant. The reason why they are being modified is that they lower the cost of the food and also produce higher amounts of it. Also it does not require the farmers to use a lot of herbicides and pesticides on the fields. There are some problems with it for example people are fearing that the genes from the plants might give them allergies, disease or even death. Most of the genetically modified foods do not have labels on them saying that they are modified and this makes people protest like in this video. As we can see there are groups that want people to know what they are eating because not everyone wants to eat food that might cause harm to their health. Most of the crops now are grown from genetically modified seeds. This graph shows how from 1996 to 2010 the number of crops that have been genetically modfied increased making them the most grown crops. Gm Corn Vs. Organic Corn For example diseases like cancer can be passed on through it. For example Those pictures are showing how the organic corn looks better but you can see the corn plant being decomposing but nothing happened to corn itself. The Pros and Cons of Genetically modified foods The Pros... The Cons... Lower cost of food.
Higher amounts of food produced.
Less pesticide and herbicides used on the crops due to their modifications.
Higher nutrition values.
The food tastes better.
Medical use.
Grow faster than the unmodified plants.
Cause less runoff.
There might be long term effects from the genetically modified foods.
People might get allergies because of mixing genes.
Genes from the genetically modfiied plants might pass to the wild form of it.
The bugs might get mutated and become out of control.

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