Almost everyday, news about the benefits and advantages of genetic engineering are forced down our throats by the different GMO companies be they in print or in cyberspace. Examples of genetic engineering such as genetically engineered crops that have been modified to serve different purposes have been put under a positive light, if only to underscore the importance of this newly discovered technology. As if to say that this technology is the next thing that will save the world, GMO companies have been on a constant media blitz to prove a much needed point in order for them to survive. The negative aspects that beleaguer this technology are things that they constantly try to avoid. And yet, the truth about this technology continues to surface.
What Is A Bad GMO Doing In A Nice Place Like This?
Because of the many attempts to cover up the actual definition of what a GMO is, people tend to ask, “What is a GMO?”. To answer the question what is a GMO, one has to probably define what a gene is. A gene is a set of proteins which makes up the whole being of an organism, be it a plant, animal or human. GMOs are organisms whose genes have been manipulated through laboratory techniques in order to develop a newer kind of species with a set of characteristics different from the original kind. Simply putting it, GMOs are mutants.
The bad part about having the GMOs around is that they do affect a lot of people, from farmers to downright consumers. Farmers intent on growing only organically grown crops are now facing the fact that their crops have been contaminated by GMOs due to cross-pollination as a result of GMOs being planted in nearby areas. Many GE foods are finding their way in grocery aisles without any warning to the consumers. The FDA head is a former associate of GMO giant Monsanto so regulations regarding GMOs have yet to be established. It’s not a wonder why GMOs are slowly creeping into our everyday lives.
GMO Definition Should Enlighten Consumers, Not Confuse Them
In an attempt to probably diffuse the negative light that is now being shed on GMOs, biotech companies are putting a different spin on what a GMO really is. Maybe it’s an attempt on putting a good taste on GMOs. However, GMO definitions should be made clear by government agencies who are supposed to protect the consumers as it is their right to know about this current technology. Not only should the advantages be put forth but the slowly growing number of disadvantages related to GMOs should also be clearly stated so that the consumers know the situation in its entirety. It’s bad enough that many researches and articles brought out in favor of GMOs are sponsored by the big biotech companies. But to have government institutions look out for the welfare of the GMO companies is even worse. The only protection that we will ever have from GMOs invading our space is proper information dissemination.