In the agricultural industry, recombinant DNA technology allows for DNA to be transferred from one organism to another, creating Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Four crops constitute the vast majority of the GM crop production: maize, canola, soybean, and cotton. Since 1995, GM crops have been grown commercially and the global area sown to these crops has expanded over 100-fold over the past two decades. While many champion this innovation for its ability to enhance food production across the world, others are raising concerns about the possible impacts on human and environmental health.
Using the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Environmental Science, we’ll explore both sides of the argument.
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