An Argument for ‘Golden Rice’ and Other Modifications to the World’s Staple Foods Abstract This essay contains an overview of the changing demographics of food consumption, calling attention to the growing importance of the ‘big four’ (wheat, maize, rice, and roots and tubers) given the large share of the world’s population dependent on these staples. Two sides of an argument on the topic of genetically modified (GM) food are considered: (a) A ‘pro’ position based on economic and health considerations and (b) a ‘con’ position based on largely political and ecological factors. After considering both positions, the ‘pro’ position is affirmed on the basis that the benefits of low-cost, high-health GM food ultimately outweigh the costs of...The end:
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