In the history of agriculture, never has there ever been such a buzz created by any agriculture-related issue as with genetic engineering. Genetic engineering has been hailed by proponents as the best solution for eradicating hunger and increasing overall agricultural productivity. Critics of genetic engineering though warn that altering the natural genetic structure of plants and animals may not only be harmful to your health, but it may also be potentially harmful to the environment. Here are more reasons why parents should not believe all the articles on genetic engineering.
Experts Define Genetic Engineering, & List Dangers To Our Health
Industry experts often define genetic engineering as the alteration of a plant or animal’s genetic code by artificial or unnatural means. Genetic engineering works in many ways. Some scientists could wish to get the gene that creates the poison in a scorpion’s sting, and combine it with that of a cabbage, to effectively kill pests like caterpillars. Some could also wish insert spider genes in goats, to create milk that feels silky. However, what the experts don’t tell you is that there are many dangers to genetic engineering.
Among the dangers include the onset of unexpected mutations in an organism, which can lead to the development of higher levels of toxin in food. Genetic engineering can also cause mild to severe allergic reactions in some people. Genetic modification may also lead to a decrease in the food’ s nutritional value, since a GE fruits, vegetables and animal by-products that look fresh and succulent on the outside, could already be several weeks old, and may have little or no nutritional value. Genetic engineering may also lead to the creation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which can easily pass on to humans.
Are Pro GMO Articles Telling You The Whole Truth?
According to GMO articles, genetic engineering offers a lot of promise in the fields of food crops, animal husbandry, pharmaceuticals and brewing. It promises improved crop yields, enhanced productivity and more. What the industry does not tell consumers though is that genetic engineering poses too many risks, which may far outweigh the perceived benefits it brings.
While the genetic engineering industry is experiencing record growth, many world-leaders in genetic exploitation have had several publicized and unpublished failures. Monsanto, for example, was recently forced to withdraw from the market five genetically modified cotton seed varieties, because of the GE seed’s substandard quality. The company is also facing a number of civil and criminal lawsuits, because of the failure of its GE crops to live up to the public’s expectations.
A number of educators and university experts have also advised the public, particularly investors, over the threats posed by GMO food, and the lopsided information offered by genetic engineering articles. Investors are also strongly advised to avoid the biotech sector; because they fear that the industry may be facing imminent collapse, as the biotech industry and farmers groups are currently locked up in costly lawsuits.