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As a farmer your crop has been affected for the past two years by weeds and insects,...

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islnds | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted February 2, 2012 at 6:31 PM via web

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As a farmer your crop has been affected for the past two years by weeds and insects, and your harvest has been greatly reduced. You face some financial decisions that may affect your future as a farmer. You have the oppurtunity to purchase the seeds that has been genetically modified to be resistant to herbicides while the weeds around them are destroyed. Would you purchase these seeds?



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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 2, 2012 at 8:35 PM (Answer #1)

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This is a difficult question. There is no right answer when it comes to this question. Here is my opinion.

First, I would try to exhaust every possibility of not using genetically modified seeds. Often times we do not know the side effects of tampering with nature. In light of this, I would refrain from using them, unless I had to. Also there is the issue of herbicides that would be used on the genetically modified seeds. Even if the herbicides did not harm the seeds, the seeds would be contaminated with them. I would give another season to see what happens. Hopefully, the harvest would grow. Also because the harvest is organic (or hopefully so), you might be able to get more money.

Second, if all else failed, I would use the genetically modified seeds for only 25% of my farm. I would want to test these seeds to see if this was a viable options. Who knows, the genetically modified seeds might not work well. Also I would try to use the older seeds to think of new solutions.


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