According to proponents of genetic engineering, the main idea behind altering a plant or organism’s DNA structure is to develop enhanced strains of fruits and vegetables, which in the end, may help farmers reduce or eliminate the use of chemical-based pesticides and pesticides.
Genetic modification helps to make crops and other organisms become more resistant to pests and other external threats (according to the biotech companies). However, the staunch proponents of genetic engineering forgot to tell the rest of the populace about the dangers of tinkering with Mother Nature. Are scientists, and the bio-tech industry, actually creating Franken foods, instead of nutritious and crop-resistant fruits and veggies?
Modified Alfalfa Is A Bad Example Of Genetic Engineering
While supporters of genetic engineering are quick to point out the many successes of the bio-tech industry, they too are covering up many of its failures. A number of genetic engineering experiments have been known to fail to produce the expected results. Among the classic example of genetic engineering failures deals with alfalfa. Alfalfa is considered as one of America's top four crops. It is used for feeding farm animals such as cows, goats and poultry. The crop is also considered an integral part of the food chain, regardless of whether the person chooses to eat organic or not.
Alfalfa serves as a rich source of vitamins, and minerals, proteins, and it also helps maintain the soil’s nitrogen levels, eliminates weeds, reduces pests and other diseases. Genetically-engineered alfalfa though poses a number of environmental risks. Among these include the possible poisoning of the soil and groundwater, the development of “super weeds”, and other possible harmful effects on insects and other wildlife. What’s worse is that bio-tech companies are not releasing their studies on GE alfalfa to the public; therefore most of us don’t have an idea of the potential threats of planting GE alfalfa on our farms and fields.
Articles On Genetic Engineering Shouldn’t Cover Up The Truth
While nearly everything about genetic engineering may look good on paper, and in theory, there’s certainly something fishy about altering Mother Nature’s processes. While the headlines are often filled with horror stories about the failures of genetic engineering experiments and trials, the powerful GMO industry continues to counter this negative publicity by pouring billions of dollars in a frenzied public-relations battle, to convince consumers that genetic engineering is a positive development, while sweeping under the rug many of their blunders.
The lack of balanced and in-depth information found on the articles on genetic engineering is actually making it very hard for the public to make informed decisions. The reason for the lack of sound information in most GMO articles is because no peer-reviewed studies and publications exist, nor was there any study made public. Food safety experts also fear that the insertion of genes may pose a number of unintended effects on the people who consume it. The negative effects include the onset of severe allergies, higher toxicity levels, and other serious health disorders.