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University of Texas at Austin

Publication Date

Fall 2012

Program Name

Switzerland: International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy


I first became aware of and interested in genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the “Politics of Food in America” course I took spring semester of 2012, my junior year at the University of Texas at Austin. I was intrigued by the fact that such a concept was so unfamiliar to the public, yet genetically engineered products were in our everyday foods. Though I received a basic introduction to GMOs through my course, I was curious to learn more about the regulatory practices of GM crops and the political relationships sustained by GM firms and government agencies in the United States. I was also interesting in learning more about the health effects of GM food consumption and the potential environmental implications of growing such resistant crops. My curiosity surrounding the potential ability for GM crops to feed developing states and diminish starvation stems from my first paper with SIT, which I wrote on international food security. After learning the devastating statistics and inherent social and economic problems at the root of food insecurity, I wanted to find an alternative solution. Together, my two curiosities birthed the idea for my ISP paper: GMOs as a Potential Solution to Diminishing Starvation and Malnutrition in developing nations.


Food Science | Sustainability