Genetic engineering, especially in agriculture, is being treated as the cure all for world hunger. Genetically modified organisms are continually being hyped as super crops that will produce super produce – healthier, bigger and faster growing. The same goes with genetically modified animals.
The hyped reports about genetically engineered plants and animals, however, shouldn’t take the public’s eyes from the cons of genetic engineering. No matter how beautiful the promised benefits of GMOs may sound, there is still the real and potentially harmful truth about the shocking negative effects of GMOs.
What Are The Harmful Examples Of GMO?
However, genetic engineering isn’t all about the good news. There have also been a couple of reports regarding the harmful effects of GMO on humans, animals and on the environment. Here are just a few examples of GMO problems encountered in the past.
1). Roundup Ready Crops
Crops like alfalfa, soy bean have been genetically engineered to be resistant to the herbicide Roundup. Studies show that traces of Roundup are found on the produce from these Roundup ready crops. Herbicide that may harm the health of consumers.
2). Monsanto rBGH Milk
Dairy cows injected with Monsanto’s rBGH produce milk that reportedly contain traces of the man-made rBGH, the insulin like growth factor (IGF-1), and pus from the cow’s wounds. The IGF-1 has been reportedly linked to a number of cancer instances.
3). GE Tomatoes
GE tomatoes have the genes that make them resistant to antibiotics. Scientists fear that if these genes are passed onto nature, doctors will have a hard time fighting diseases in plants who have developed the same gene.
Why The Public Has Every Right To Be Warned About The GMO Health Risks
Those most exposed to the genetic engineering dangers are the consumers, since they are the ones who end up consuming these products. However, since the U.S. government, namely the USDA and the FDA, do not require the labeling of genetically modified products or products that contain genetically modified organisms as part of their ingredients, there is no way for consumers to know which products are which.
Not just consumers from the US are affected by concerns regarding GMO health risks. Even consumers from countries that do not allow the planting or raising of genetically modified organisms will have no way of knowing whether the products they are importing are GMOs or aren’t, in any way, tainted by genetically modified organisms. Typically, how they solve this little dilemma is to completely ban products suspected of being genetically modified.
Everyone, in one way or another, has heard of the different GMO safety concerns. This resulted in different stands regarding genetically engineered crops or animals. Still, it is up to the consumer to decide whether he or she is going to allow GMO products on the dinner table. The only problem: How are consumers going to exercise their right to choose?
The public has a right to be warned about the genetic engineering disadvantages and the health risks that consumers may face. They also have the right to choose and should be able to exercise that right. That’s why they should be kept safe by keeping them informed.