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Genetic Engineering and Food

Genetic engineering (GE) is an area of biotechnology where researchers develop new and improved gene engineering in order to modify organisms. Engineers add genetic engineers in order to reduce the production of undesirable proteins, produce new and improved products, or create new drugs. Through genetic engineering offers many advantages, it has its own hazards.

Starting out with the progressions of genetic engineering, several types of biological discoveries have been made including but not limited to:

Genetic engineering to revolutionize the diet

Genetic engineering to evolve lifestyle

Genetic engineering to create healthier food

Genetic engineering to improve plant tissue

Genetic engineering to create a healthy lifestyle

While many are positive effects of genetically engineered foods, they are not all. Genetically modified food can cause many diseases to develop through their poor manufacturing. Although the reason to develop genetically modified foods is always scientifically determined and completely understandable, other factors work toward producing these products. The risk of having these foods is understandable for consumers, but not as obvious. These products can affect the health of people in general, the farmers that create them, and even the global community (Greaver and Jackson 1996). While many research these products carefully, a possibility for misuse is everywhere.

GE can not only affect people in terms of health but also society. Geographically, GE can affect the consumer, the farmer, and the overall world. GE is based on patenting its products, and businesses are given resources to test and develop their products. Overzealous legal action can trigger economic loss and catastrophic changes. Lastly, there is the environment harmed through human behavior. GE will eventually be everywhere and there is always the possibility of doing something wrong. Since GE produces health concerns for the population, it should also be considered a necessity.

Ethically, GE should be considered ethical because it solves a problem that many people have. Earlier, there were some transgenic people who were threatened by the animal embryo with the beauty of pigs (Butler, &Buchan 2015). Genetic engineering can solve these problems of animals, but this industry is still in its very beginning stages. Additionally, GE saves farmers from spending thousands of dollars on testing animals against altered genes. There are always those that still have worries about an altered gene not working properly, but it should also be put into perspective. In case of the mishandling of GMO animals, it is to prevent toxins, but if the animals with modified gene sets fail to complete or even survive the life-cycle of development, it may scare humans. Recently, GMOs have proven to be a convenient way to mass the cheapest and fastest-growing organism in the world.

The genetic engineering-biology field is a complex and complicated field. There are many hurdles that have to be overcome so that the process could have a positive effect on humanity. There are more long-term ways to develop an improved lifestyle and a healthier lifestyle.


Butler, S., &Buchan, K. (2015). Experiments in molecular immunology: An assessment of molecular immunology, GE&G, and molecular biology. Annals of the University of Pennsylvania,

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