Food is traded between states as well as globally. Global food trade is extremely important to all countries. But how many of you know where the food on your tables comes from? Many scientists wonder if we will be able to continue to grow enough food for a growing population. One of the most widely debated issues right now is genetically modified organisms (GMO's). Genetic engineering allows for desired traits to be put into plants. Genetically modified foods have been available in this country for more than a decade. Most of you are probably eating GMOs without even knowing it. More than 75% of the products on the super market shelves contain a component that is a GMO.
Go to your local grocery store and comprise a list of 10-15 produce items (fresh fruits and vegetables). Write down the produce item and its country of origin (where it was shipped from). You MUST include this list with your homework assignment. After composing your list and doing some research, answer the following questions:
What types of produce are grown in your state and what produce does your state trade to other countries or other states?
How important is trade between states?
How important is global food trade?
Would the U.S. survive without global food trade?
How does food trade impact the economy?
What types of goods OTHER THAN AGRICULTURAL products does the United States import and export the most?
What are the pros and cons to GMOs?
Helpful Hints: You will see you are asked to go to the store and see where the produce (fruits and vegetables) is coming from. Look for the origin of the item rather than just where it was shipped from (if you can find it). You can usually see the origin on the little sticker on the fruit, or on the box if it is a larger package. Do not be afraid to talk to the produce manager at your local grocery store. Just explain what you are doing and they can offer a world of information.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com December 19, 2018, 10:17 pm ad1c9bdddf
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