Recently, Genetically modified crops have become more common.
Why modify a plant?
Well, modifying the genes that make up the plant can be beneficial when it comes to harvest time. You want the most yield from what has been sown. Some of the crops however will be eaten by pests so pesticide could be used. But Genetically modifying the plant to be insect repelling is better.
By taking the gene from another organism that will effectively help to increase the yield will make more profit for farmers. Moreover, by no longer using pesticides, the other insects who do not eat the crop will continue to live. And this is great to continue the other works of the environmental cycle.
How else can it be modified?
You may not believe it but scientists have come up with modifications for color and taste of crops. It is yet for many of these GM foods to be sold in the supermarket for their unique look and flavour due to tests of side affects. But you can still find soya and maize that is GM sold in our supermarkets.
How long does it take to modify a crop?
It only takes one generation of GM crops to create a line of descendants with the same genes to be sweeter, redder or insect repellant. It only takes the amount of time to grow the first generation with modified genes which doesn’t take very long at all.
How does GM help us?
If insects don’t eat the crops, then there is more food for the world. The storms of large insects that went viral one day may not be able to destroy the harvest. This can save millions from starvation, probably end world hunger. GM can one day modify the plant to grow in different conditions for example in the tropics.
Genetically modified crops could be the key to saving the planet. Or is it? For now we do know that plastics are a problem so do your part and use less plastic.