Briefly summarize the main take-home points of the research articles
Genetic Engineering of Plants
Genetically engineered crops are another controversial topic. They first began as a way to allow those in third world countries to grow crops that could survive in less than ideal conditions (such as drought tolerance, higher yield), and/or were higher in nutrition, meaning there was more benefit to each bite – dubbed the “Green Revolution.” You can read about it from Pingali (2012).
Questions to consider:
Is it ethically responsible to engineer plants?
Does it make a difference whether they are geared towards first or third world countries?
Will they help or hinder our efforts to feed the ever-growing world population?
Articles for Genetic Engineering in Plants
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Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). (n.d.). Ursus americanus Pallas, 1780. Retrieved February 25, 2021, from (Alternate source if link above does not work)
Key, S., Ma, J. K.-C., & Drake, P. M. (2008). Genetically modified plants and human health. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 101(6), 290–298.
National Research Council (US) Committee on Identifying and Assessing Unintended Effects of Genetically Engineered Foods on Human Health. Safety of Genetically Engineered Foods: Approaches to Assessing Unintended Health Effects. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2004. 2, Methods and Mechanisms for Genetic Manipulation of Plants, Animals, and Microorganisms. Available from:

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