This page was created as part of an undergraduate assignment for Davidson College, NC.

Political Issues
Biotech Breeding
Sources Consulted


Genetically Modified Crops 

     The principal reason for the genetic modification of crops is to help humans grow bigger, better crops that grow faster and more effectively in different types of environments.  There are costs and benefits associated with GM crops with respect to their traditionally-bred relatives.  This site will examine a few specific topics relating to genetically modified crops and relate them back to the larger issue (and title of the course) of genetically modified organisms.

    The areas of debate are environmental impact of GM crops, their effect on human health, GM crops in the political and economic arenas, and the meshing of genetic modification and traditional breeding in a biotechnological blurring of the disciplines.


Peter Lowry - The Death of a Controversy        La Powell - Title


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