Biotechnology & Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

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Biotechnology & Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Food Technology. How is Biotechnology being used in Agriculture?. Provides farmers with tools to make production cheaper and manageable - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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<ul><li><p>Biotechnology &amp; Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) Food Technology </p></li><li><p>How is Biotechnology being used in Agriculture?Provides farmers with tools to make production cheaper and manageable</p><p>Crop production options can help countries keep pace with demands for food while reducing cost of production</p></li><li><p>How is Biotechnology being used in Agriculture?Other types of crops are in research and development stagesAdvances may provide foods with:Nutritionally-Enriched FoodsLonger Lasting FoodsContain lower levels of naturally occurring toxicants </p></li><li><p>What are the benefits of Agricultural Biotechnology?Has helped make both insect pest control and weed management safer and easier while safeguarding against disease</p><p>Herbicide-tolerant crops are compatible with no-till or reduced tillage agriculture systems that help reduce erosion</p></li><li><p>What are the roles of Government in Agriculture Biotechnology?Regulatory </p><p>Market Facilitation</p><p>Research</p></li><li><p>What are Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOS) ?GMOs are an organism whose genetic material has been altered using techniques in genetics</p><p>Term generally does not cover organisms whose genetic makeup has been altered by conventional cross-breeding</p></li><li><p>GMOs TodayIn 2010 about 331 million acres grown world wide</p><p>Biotechnology plantings as a percentage of total crop plantings in the United States were about 86 percent for corn, 93 percent for cotton, and 93 percent for soybeans. </p></li><li><p>GMOs Benefits and Controversies BenefitsCropsEnhanced Taste and qualityReduced maturation timeIncreased nutrients, yields, and stress toleranceImproved resistance to disease, pests and herbicides New products and growing techniques</p></li><li><p>GMOs Benefits and ControversiesBenefitsAnimalsIncreased resistance, productivity, hardiness, and feed efficiencyBetter yields of meat, eggs, and milkImproved animal health and diagnostic methods</p></li><li><p>GMOs Benefits and ControversiesBenefitsEnvironmentFriendly bioherbicides and bioinsecticidesConservation of soil, water, and energyBetter natural waste managementMore efficient processing</p></li><li><p>GMOs Benefits and ControversiesBenefitsSocietyIncreased food security for growing populations</p></li><li><p>GMOs Benefits and ControversiesControversies SafetyPotential human impactAccess and Intellectual PropertyDomination of world food production by a few companiesIncreasing dependence on Industralized nations by developing countries</p></li><li><p>GMOs Benefits and ControversiesControversiesEthicsViolation of natural organisms intrinsic valuesTampering with nature by mixing genes among speciesObjections to consuming animal genes in plants and vice versaStress for animals</p></li><li><p>GMOs Benefits and ControversiesControversiesLabelingNot mandatory in some countries (e.g. United States)Mixing GM crops with non-GM confounds labeling attemptsSocietyNew advances may be skewed to interests of rich countries</p></li></ul>

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