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Genetic Engineering Awareness Week What are you Eating Campaign for Food Safety and Awareness General Education Honors Project Project Proposal March 31 2000 Table of Contents Introduction 3 The Project 3 Significance 4 Evaluation 5 Team Budget 6 Bibliography 7 Supplemental Bibliography 8 Team Signatures 9 The technological changes and innovations during the last 20 years have created a remarkable array of new creations All living organisms are compromised of a substance called deoxyribonucleic acid DNA which contains genes that are the blueprint for that organism Scientists discovered that DNA was interchangeable between organisms and created new breeding methods such as crossbreeding gene injection and DNA modification techniques This allowed scientists to take desirable traits from one organism and give that characteristic to another A genetically engineered product is one that was developed by modifying DNA wwwaphisusdagovbbepbpoverviewhtml There has been an increase in generically engineered crops over the years and they continue to rise In 1996 4 million acres of land worldwide were planted with these crops versus having 98 million acres with genetically engineered crops in 1999 Frankmore pA-38 In 1998 77 of the worlds genetically engineered crops were produced in the United States Batie 1999 Currently the United States Food and Drug Administration FDA does not require the labeling of genetically engineered products Kessler 1992 p 1747 However legislation is now being introduced into congress to determine how these products should be dealt with In 1998 the United States patent office received 289 applications for patent approval for new genetically engineered crops Batie 1999 It is often hard to understand complex technological and scientific concepts when one does not have prior experience in the field Genetic engineering is a division of biotechnology It is something that one encounters in their everyday life but at the same time its hard to understand what a genetically engineered product is and what effects it could have on your life While
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