Chapter 9, “Technology,” in your textbook discusses how technological advancements and changes may affect how we can work to find solutions for the global threats discussed so far. Technological advances can and do affect development in positive and negative ways.
Besides biotechnology, identify one technology that has the greatest potential positive effect on food security. Discuss any potential negative uses of that technology. Do the benefits of these technologies outweigh the potential negative consequences they have on food security? Why or why not?
Review the posts of your classmates and respond to at least one other post, offering a substantive comment on that classmate’s position. (classmate post is below)
Hello Professor and class, I hope everyone is doing well.
Aside from biotechnology, genetic engineering has shown the potential to affect food security positively. Genetic engineering involves changing DNA for tiny organisms such as plants, animals, and certain bacteria. Genetic engineering, also called GMO’s or genetically modified organisms, allows scientists to use genes from plants and animals and then transfer them to another. Next, genetic engineering has its positive and negative feedback. For example, some of the benefits of genetic engineering with food could result in more nutritious food, foods that taste better, to name a few. Also, genetic engineering in respect to food could result in fewer pesticides protecting the crop from insects and bacteria and shows that animals and plants grow faster from this process, thus providing more food, resulting in food security for many. While genetic engineering sounds like a positive way forward for food security, it does come with potential drawbacks. According to Medline Plus, genetically modified foods could cause allergens or toxic reactions by people who consume them. In addition, Medline Plus states that modifying food genes could also result in harmful genetic changes by accidentally transferring genes to a plant or animal that it is not intended for, leading to foods not being as nutritious or more harmful than without the changes. Last, we have all heard of GMOs and primarily negative things; however, according to Medline Plus, the food and drug administration, EPA, and the USDA have implemented processes to ensure that no genetically engineered foods will be unsafe for human consumption. In my opinion, this needs to happen for the rest of us to feel better about consuming foods with GMOs. (Medline Plus,1).
1. Medline Plus. No Author. February 4, 2022. Genetically Engineered Foods. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002432.htm
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