Crops and animals have been genetically altered through the years, with the purpose of providing more to the general public and to save more time, money and effort. However, the fast and growing effects might also have long-term damages to the environment and the community as a whole. The main goal of companies is to mass-produce and make more compared to what first world nations are producing. Here are some more guidelines.
About the GMO Chickens
As far as we know now there are no genetically engineered chickens. Unfortunately, through factory farming techniques, chickens are “mass-produced” given GMO foods along with steroids causing the animals to grow faster and heavier compared to regular ones. For example, it can take regular chickens anywhere between 6 to 9 months to fully mature. Chicken genetically engineered will only take 3 months to reach their full potential. This will mean that farmers and poultry houses can produce 2 to 3 times more compared to traditional methods. Availability will increase and sellers get to earn more by selling healthier and heavier products.
Known Positive Effects
Chickens raised on genetically modified feed means that farmers can produce more over a shorter period of time. In the past several restaurants and fast food chains have resorted to GMO chickens since these were relatively cheaper and are known to be of higher nutritional value. However, the rise of critics and other debates over the safety and efficacy of the processes triggered people to boycott the products. Farmers on the other side, do not need to exert as much effort or worry about their chickens getting diseases and face other concerns regarding pests and poultry problems, since the food and supplements based on GMO were giving these animals extra protection and immunity.
Known Negative Effects
Raising chickens in this way produced some known bad effects:
- The chickens are said to lay eggs that have significant links to cancer development.
- Farmers are at risk of losing their jobs and livelihood, once scientists develop a way to keep chickens healthy, regardless of the circumstances.
- There are ethical and moral concerns surrounding the practice, and mixing normal chickens with genetically altered ones can have ramifications to the species and ultimately change the way these birds are grown and bred.
- There are also health risks associated with continuous consumption of these animals. People might develop diseases and other respiratory problems in the long run, depending on what the animals were fed and the current condition of the consumer.
- There are also potential risks and damage to the environment.
Tips for Consumers
Consumers are advised to find out first whether or not they are going to consume GMO foods, regardless of the source and quality. It is important that they read the labels first and identify the risk involved before they go for GMO chicken. Other types of animals and crops are also known to be genetically changed, with associated risks to health and the environment. People should become more aware of the dangers and think of the ramifications in the next 5 to 10 years before they decide to proceed with the activity.