scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 789
Viewpoint Environmentalists Should Embrace Biotech Wonders August 23 2000 Scripps Howard News Service Environmentalists frequently urge industry to adopt clean technologies that reduce pollution and promote conservation Why is it then that those same environmentalists advocate a ban on agricultural biotechnology that significantly reduces the use of potentially harmful pesticides decreases soil erosion by up to 98 percent and helps prevent the destruction of ecologically important rain forests Their opposition makes no sense Indeed environmentalists should be stumbling over themselves advocating the rapid development of this amazing new technology Agricultural biotechnology is a technology in which scientists employ genetic engineering to create improve or modify plants and animals Under traditional crossbreeding methods which farmers have been doing for thousands of years it would take 10 to 12 years to develop hybrid plants and animals Agricultural biotechnology enables scientists to transfer the desired gene traits much more efficiently and quickly Environmental activists claim that genetically enhanced crops are poorly regulated and pose a threat to public safety These arguments are without merit The Food and Drug Administration the Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency require all genetically enhanced products to go through a rigorous regulatory review It takes a company about eight to 10 years to bring a genetically enhanced product from the laboratory to the marketplace In addition to US regulatory agencies leading national and international organizations have endorsed the safety of genetically enhanced food including the American Medical Association and the World Health Organization Already biotechnology has yielded many benefits Strains of corn cotton potatoes rice squash and papaya have been vaccinated with genes that make them resistant to a variety of crop-destroying viruses The benefits of such plants are twofold First disease-resistant crops mean that farmers can significantly increase the levels of their harvests so much so that it is estimated that food biotechnology could meet up to
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA