Corn, like several other types of crops, has also been genetically modified with the intent to increase availability and production. However, several effects have also been cited, spurring consumers and other organizations to discourage people from ingesting these. The potential dangers can overwhelm the positive results in the long run, which is why you have to know more about these before health and environmental troubles begin.
About Genetically Modified Corn
Corn GMO, together with other types of crops like sugar cane and soya beans, has been altered genetically to increase their tolerance against sprays, herbicides, pesticides and disease. Insecticide sweet corn has been developed by scientists in a way that the crop creates a poison that will kill and eliminate various types of insects. The farmer does not have to combat insects and pests using the traditional sprays and poisons. The corn genetically modified is also known as Bt-corn, since the gene that comes from the plant originates from a bacteria called Bacillus thuringiensis.
Some "So-Called" Good Effects
- Farmers do not have to invest on pesticide and insecticide to eliminate insects. The environment also does not need to be exposed to huge amounts of dangerous insecticide, improving the overall nutritional value of the crop.
- Farmers do not have to exert a lot of effort or carry a huge drum of toxic spray, as well as have to wear protective clothes and a mask.
Some Bad Effects
- Corn genetically engineered will poison the insects continuously over a very long time. This will take longer compared to a farmer spraying the crops only once or twice. The insects can also grow tolerant of the poison, so higher dosages will be needed to have the same effect. Crop spraying and genetically changed Bt-corn will later on become useless.
- Different kinds of insects put themselves at risk of being eliminated, including bflies and predatory insects. Some species of insects are becoming endangered and Bt-corn can lead to the eventual extinction of some of the rarest and most beautiful species.
Genetically modified corn and other foods have been subjects of debates for several years. Three corn varieties that are genetically engineered by the Monsanto company have been highly associated to kidney, heart and liver damage. The NK 603, MON 863 and MON 810 were given to rats over 90 days, together with a non-GMO variety of corn for control. The rats given the GMO product showed extensive damage on their hearts, liver, kidneys, spleen and adrenal glands.
Lack of study and investigation is another huge problem for genetically modified crops. The safety of these foods is not fully known, so the dangers that lie remain a mystery. At best, people should try as much to avoid GMO food products. You can check the labels to make sure that products are GMO-free. You can also study some ingredients and items that might be genetically modified. Stick to natural and organic products to get the maximum benefits and stay clear of the dangers and diseases that come with altering the structure.