Since the dawn of time, humans have sought to make their food production as efficient and reliable as possible. Crops are deliberately cross bred with very stringent criteria imposed in order to ensure that the most adaptable and robust offspring are produced.
Animal husbandry is utilised to screen for and eliminate genetic abnormalities and eliminate the presence of certain traits that are undesirable. Both of these measures have been utilised to ensure that a potentially limited resource provides the maximum amount of benefit.
Genetic engineering is an innovative new technology that has been widely utilised in the field of agriculture and food production to remarkable success with novel, radical and highly creative utilisation of genes resulting in hybrids of plants that are highly useful.
Perhaps one of the most curious examples of the success of genetic engineering has been the splicing of the gene associated with scorpion venom into certain types of plants that are especially vulnerable to the effects of pests.
As the insects seek to eat various parts of the plant, thereby making the plant unsuitable for human consumption, they will be exposed to the toxin that is now latent within the plant. The pest will then die off as the venom works through their system.
This innovative use of the genetic engineering technology has meant that overnight, our dependency upon the usage of carcinogenic chemical agents such as pesticides has been substantially reduced. A common concern about pesticides has been the risk of contamination within the food cycle.
When it comes to pesticide poisoning, humans can become so affected in one of two ways: direct and indirect. Direct exposure to pesticide poisoning is whereby the human consumer will consume an untreated plant, thereby resulting in the onset of health problems and pathology.
Indirect exposure is whereby pesticide is ingested by an herbivore, which then is consumed by a human. In either case, pesticides have been well-documented has posing a very real and imminent risk to the health and wellbeing of humans.
Genetic engineering therefore has eliminated this meaning that in countries and regions where there is limited available land for agriculture, the dependence upon highly expensive and dangerous pesticides has been eliminated.
This in turn means that farmers from developing countries are able to diversify their food supplies, perhaps even investing in machinery or cash crops to subsidise their living expenses. Genetic engineering has not just revolutionised food production, but the quality of life a well!
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