Learn English Practice Easy/Difficult Lesson #8
Easy: Genetic engineering (GE) is becoming more popular as companies try to make as much money as possible. When a new plant seed such as pest resistant rice is invented, the company can patent the idea and sell the seeds for high profit. The downside with genetic modification is that it causes problems in people and animals; tests show after multiple generations mice are not able to have babies. Some studies show problems with hearing, vision, and brain function. The government supports genetic engineering because they receive money from companies to support their election campaigns. Difficult Genetic engineering (GE) is a growing trend in the business community that has fostered enhanced profitability. An example yielding great profits from the invention and subsequent patent of a new seed: the creation of pest resistant rice. Genetic modification opens a can of worms; mice have been demonstrated to be unable to procreate after consuming GE food. Some studies link GE foods with reduced hearing, vision and brain function. Despite these problems, the government supports genetic engineering because they receive lobbyist funding on behalf of companies who support their election campaigns. Questions: 1) What have studies demonstrated about GE food? a. Reduced hearing, vision and brain function 2) Why do governments support genetic engineering? a. Because they get money from lobbyists. 3) Invention of GE seed yields what? a. It yields great profits. 4) What fosters enhanced profitability? a. Genetic engineering has enhanced profitability.