Gm Crops Disadvantages

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Advantages of GM crops Food Security Despite our many developments in science and farming, famine, hunger and starvation are still problems. The World Hunger Education Service (WHES) accounts that the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (1) estimates that In 2010-2012, 1 in 8, or 870 million people in the world are undernourished, 852 million, or almost all of the undernourished live in developing countries and half of the 10.9 million yearly child deaths can be attributed to poor nutrition. Genetic modification improves the nutritional content of food and therefore serves as a key point in reducing global rates of malnutrition. For example, golden rice is increased with beta-carotene and provides a dose of vitamin A, a nutrient lacking in many diets around the world. Vitamin A deficiency leads to the death of nearly 700,000 children each year, so golden rice is an important initiative in reducing malnutrition. Moreover, in India, using Bt corn led to the consumption of…show more content…
First, everlasting savings in carbon dioxide (CO2) discharges through reduced use of fossil-based fuels, associated with rarer insecticide and herbicide sprays; in 2011, this was an valued saving of 1.9 billion kg of CO2, similar to reducing the number of cars on the roads by 0.8 million. Secondly, additional savings from conservation tillage (need for less or no ploughing facilitated by herbicide tolerant biotech crops) for biotech food, feed and fiber crops, led to an extra soil carbon sequestration equivalent in 2011 to 21.1 billion kg of CO2, or removing 9.4 million cars off the road. Thus in 2011, the mutual permanent and additional reserves through sequestration was equivalent to a saving of 23 billion kg of CO2 or removing 10.2 million cars from the road (Brookes and Barfoot, 2013,

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