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A private company has developed a transgenic carrot that secretes its own pesticide. Therefore, this carrot is resistant to insects and worms that often damage root crops.

a) What are some of the risks and benefits that the Canadian government must consider when deciding to approve this plant for agricultural use?
b) If approved, what advantages will this transgenic carrot offer to farmers? What are some potential drawbacks for farmers?
c) Do you believe that foods produced with genetically modified ingredients (such as this carrot) should be labelled for consumers? List your arguments. Then, list some of the arguments you could make to support the other side.
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a) What are some of the risks and benefits that the Canadian government must consider when deciding to approve this plant for agricultural use?

-- Will consumption of the plant cause harm to those who eat it, including humans and animals.
-- Will this plant cause harm to native plants
-- What consequences will introducing this plant have on pests that eat it, will they become resistant in the long haul.

b) If approved, what advantages will this transgenic carrot offer to farmers? What are some potential drawbacks for farmers?

-- Farmers will spend less money on pesticides, decreasing costs, thus increasing profits. Some farmers might end up losing money because consumers will choose the more natural option, carrots that are not genetically modified.

c) Do you believe that foods produced with genetically modified ingredients (such as this carrot) should be labelled for consumers? List your arguments. Then, list some of the arguments you could make to support the other side.

-- No, because nearly ALL fruits and vegetables we eat have been genetically modified at some point. Farmers to this have been cultivating the best crops so that only the shiniest, most nutritious, and best of their kind are sold. Furthermore, introducing a gene into a plant leads to the production of either an enzyme or protein. If the enzyme or protein can be metabolized without harmful affects, there's no need to cause alarm.

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