Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

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Transgenic Crops

  • Dustin Mulvaney
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6167-4_100-2



Since transgenic crops first took root, they have been embroiled in numerous controversies from questions about their safety to the future of the food system. Today, transgenic crops make up a considerable portion of the planted areas of crops such as soy, corn, cotton, and canola, but find very little adoption in other sectors. Farmer adoption of transgenic soy happened so quickly that by some measures it is often described as the most rapidly adopted agricultural technology in human history. While some agricultural sectors have benefited from transgenic crop adoption, they remain much maligned in wider discussions about agricultural sustainability. Before describing these apprehensions toward transgenic crops, this section describes what transgenic crops are and how they are made.

The term transgenic is used as an adjective to describe an organism where genes have been moved from one...


Genetically Modify Ecological Risk Assessment Transgenic Crop Transgenic Seed Genetically Modify Food 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Environmental StudiesSan José State UniversitySan JoseUSA