The Power of Genetically Modified Organisms: Could Rapeseed Save a Nation? (By: Britney Sullivan)

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Before completing this task I was quite ignorant and misinformed in regards to the use of GMO’s. Like many people, I thought that GMO’s completely altered the genetic makeup of foods thus causing cancer and other deadly diseases. I also believed that this type of engineering caused plants or other foods to become completely artificial. Furthermore, I thought that laboratory chemicals were inserted into the genes of these foods in order to make them bigger and feed more people. Overall, I had very negative and reserved feelings in regards to the use of Genetically Modified Organisms.

I now believe that GMO’s are actually good things. Rapeseed is genetically modified by a natural bacterium to produce Canola oil. It is simply inserted with the desired marker, then inserted into the chromosome of a plant and the plant cells are grown.  Genetically modifying foods allows crops to become resistant to herbicides, etc. thus allowing us to grow the maximum amount of product. By using GMO’s scientists are able to improve the plants or crops, not harm them. I was also informed that these organisms do not cause cancer or other diseases like most people broadcast. In fact, there are necessary Omegas and oils that promote heart health within genetically modified rapeseed.  From my research, I was shown the truth about Genetically Modified Organisms; as a result, I can no longer say that they are negative when they offer so many positive aspects to our society

I would advise the congresswoman to provide the country with rapeseeds. Growing rapeseed would allow them to exchange Canola oil with other countries in order to gain a profit. Canola oil is one of the prime items located in a family’s pantry; it is used for baking, frying, and more. By giving them this tool, they would be able to export a major product to countries worldwide. Furthermore, rapeseed is used in animal feed. The citizens who have animals could use rapeseed in order to fatten the animals up and prepare them for future feeding. It would also allow them to expand their range of food options. For example, they could cook more foods that require to use of canola oil.

I would also propose helping them reestablish a good trading system. A country emerging from civil war will not have the best means to engage in trade, thus make a profit. By aiding this country in their national trading endeavors, America would be setting them on a quick path to recovery. The country would gain profits from selling their Canola oil and would be able to reinsert that money in order to stimulate the economy.

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8 thoughts on “The Power of Genetically Modified Organisms: Could Rapeseed Save a Nation? (By: Britney Sullivan)

  1. Enjoyed reading your comments about changing your mind on using GMO foods. Especially important you brought the economics – especially trading – into the discussion. Good job!
    Dr K

  2. I never thought about the idea of setting up a trade system but now that you address it, that alternative makes sense. Not only would that help the third world countries economically but it would also allow them to decrease the amount of hunger in their areas. Its a win win for them!

  3. FROM SHADHI MANSOORI: My initial feelings towards GMOs were similar to yours, because I originally thought that GMOs were harmful to humans and the environment. Your blog really connected how production of rapeseed oil has every day applications. I learned that rapeseed can be used as a a feeder for farm animals and can thus be very beneficial to farmers. You demonstrated how rapeseed can really effect today’s economy and agriculture!

  4. I had the same feelings towards GMO products as you did before learning more about them, especially the part about genetically modified products causing diseases like cancer. By reading your blog, I am further convinced of the benefits of GMO products. I see how rapeseed has so many practical uses from cooking to animal feed. It would be very helpful for impoverished countries because of its wide variety of uses. I also liked how you mentioned that rapeseed is modified with a natural bacterium, which is something safe.
    -Shannon Pan

  5. I never thought about the idea of setting up a trade system but now that you address it, that alternative makes sense. Not only would that help the third world countries economically but it would also allow them to decrease the amount of hunger in their areas. Its a win win for them! -Carly Nunez

  6. I never thought about the idea of setting up a trade system but now that you address it, that alternative makes sense. Not only would that help the third world countries economically but it would also allow them to decrease the amount of hunger in their areas. It look like a win win for them! -Carly Nunez

  7. Thanks for all of the comments! I find it interesting that must of us did have such negative thoughts about GMOs before this task. And Carly, that is exactly what I was thinking! it was a great solution to a big problem.

  8. I find it very interesting that you changed you view on GMO with the more information you found. AS you educated yourself, you discovered the loop holes in media responses to GM food produces and say the true potential of rapeseeds. The risks of rapeseeds are very different from soybeans so I understand why you support this GM seed. For rapeseeds, GM them makes them more productive in their multiple uses in oil and crops and its interesting that many of the “risks” you found of GM foods causing cancer where false. And actually do quite the contrary of providing the Omegas that you state provide heart health. I viewed GM foods as a way to feed the hungry, but your perspective of using rapeseeds to boost the countries personal economy and international economy is both insightful and intriguing. ~Madeline Lynn

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