Presentation Title

Genetically Modified Organisms – The Holy Grail of Future Food Consumption?

Faculty Mentor

Danny Cantrell

Start Date

18-11-2017 9:30 AM

End Date

18-11-2017 9:45 AM

Location

9-277

Session

Bio Sciences 4

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

biological_agricultural_sciences

Abstract

It is well-known within the scientific community that the global human population has rounded the 7 billion milestone and is projected to surpass 9.7 billion by 2050 (“World Population” 2015). As the human population expands, so too will the demand for food. With such a colossal population figure to accommodate, there remains a need for more sustainably-cultivated, environmentally-conscious, and nutrient-dense food. Enter Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).


In consulting various scientific journals, peer-reviewed articles, and government statistics, GMOs are the holy grail of food production. GMOs employ breakthroughs in biotechnology to yield more efficient and desirable products. Perhaps the best known example is Golden Rice. In comparison to traditional rice, Golden Rice contains increased amounts of Vitamin A. This nutrient is instrumental in growth and development, but is also one in huge deficit within some regions of Asia and Africa (Charles 2013). Golden Rice, taking the form of the region’s staple food crop, has already enhanced the lives of millions.

Conventional methods of food production will result in depleted resources and terminal satisfaction. Genetically Modified Organisms, if adopted soon and utilized to their full extent, have the potential not only to stimulate scientific applications, but to solve global hunger.

Works Cited:

Charles, Dan. “In A Grain Of Golden Rice, A World of Controversy Over GMO Foods.” NPR. NPR, 07 Mar. 2013. Web. 30 July 2017.

“World Population Projected to Reach 9.7 Billion by 2050 | UN DESA Department of Economic and Social Affairs.” United Nations, United Nations, 29 July 2015, www.un.org/en/development/desa/news/population/2015-report.html.

Summary of research results to be presented

Renown organizations, including the World Health Organization and the National Academy of Sciences, as well as highly-developed projects, like the Genetic Literacy Project, all agree: Genetically Modified Organisms are the future. Information, data, and facts were derived from sources likes these, yielding this summary.

GMOs are most widely recognized as organisms that have been directly genetically modified, many times in a lab. This specification is important for the rest of the analysis.

In 2013, over 1700 studies on GMOs concluded their positive influences on humankind and the environment – additional studies exist today that reinforce these conclusions. Several studies state that GM foods are safe for general consumption and cause no genetic health defects. Additionally, many GM foods are superior to traditional foods; besides Golden Rice in Asia and Africa, other staple food crops like corn have already been genetically manipulated to provide more inexpensive and nutritive options, especially in developing countries where these resources would have otherwise remained inaccessible. GM crops grown today also require less land, water, and pesticides, and still have a higher yield than traditional crops. GMOs will therefore leave a smaller ecological footprint and, according to many studies, will increase income by decreasing maintenance costs.

The effects of GMOs are serviceable and far-reaching – they extend past food into other territories. Because of its potential to supply food and protect the environment against further damage done by conventional agricultural methods, the introduction of GMOs remains a topic of much urgency and necessity.

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Genetically Modified Organisms – The Holy Grail of Future Food Consumption?

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It is well-known within the scientific community that the global human population has rounded the 7 billion milestone and is projected to surpass 9.7 billion by 2050 (“World Population” 2015). As the human population expands, so too will the demand for food. With such a colossal population figure to accommodate, there remains a need for more sustainably-cultivated, environmentally-conscious, and nutrient-dense food. Enter Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).


In consulting various scientific journals, peer-reviewed articles, and government statistics, GMOs are the holy grail of food production. GMOs employ breakthroughs in biotechnology to yield more efficient and desirable products. Perhaps the best known example is Golden Rice. In comparison to traditional rice, Golden Rice contains increased amounts of Vitamin A. This nutrient is instrumental in growth and development, but is also one in huge deficit within some regions of Asia and Africa (Charles 2013). Golden Rice, taking the form of the region’s staple food crop, has already enhanced the lives of millions.

Conventional methods of food production will result in depleted resources and terminal satisfaction. Genetically Modified Organisms, if adopted soon and utilized to their full extent, have the potential not only to stimulate scientific applications, but to solve global hunger.

Works Cited:

Charles, Dan. “In A Grain Of Golden Rice, A World of Controversy Over GMO Foods.” NPR. NPR, 07 Mar. 2013. Web. 30 July 2017.

“World Population Projected to Reach 9.7 Billion by 2050 | UN DESA Department of Economic and Social Affairs.” United Nations, United Nations, 29 July 2015, www.un.org/en/development/desa/news/population/2015-report.html.