Genetically engineered plants or GE plants are modified plants that have undergone genetic engineering to help them grow and be more bountiful. Examples of modified plants are Liberty Link Rice, Roundup ready alfalfa, genetically engineered trees, among others. While these plants were modified in an aim to help people (like third-world country farmers), many people are concerned that modifying the plants will have an adverse effect on the environment.
Monsanto’s Roundup ready alfalfa, for example, was made to be resistant to the Roundup pesticide and has the ability to grow faster and produce fewer weeds. However, because modified alfalfa has the notorious ability to spread to other farms just as easily as its unmodified kind, the GM alfalfa can end up tainting the plants in its environment.
This will become a problem if ever weeds pollinated by GM alfalfa develop a stronger resistance to pesticide. This means that weeds may become harder to kill and become more of a nuisance to farmers in the long run. Also there is a danger that these genetically modified plants will be eaten by human and animals.
Why Farmers Shouldn’t Let Cows Eat GMO Plants
One thing that concerns farmers most is that GMO plants may be eaten by people and animals and end up possibly endangering the health of consumers. Some owners of dairy farms, for example, do not want their cows eating GMO plants; specifically, Monsanto’s genetically modified alfalfa. Their concern stems from the preference of consumers not to drink tainted milk like the ones that come from dairy cows injected with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH).
Milk from cows injected with the man-made rBGH has come under fire due to the effect that rBGH has on cows. The injected dairy cows produce more milk because the rBGH increases the levels of their insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1). And since the rBGH and the IGF-1 do not get destroyed in the pasteurization process, those drinking milk from the injected cows are put at a higher risk of developing cancer.
How To Keep Children Safe From GMO Fruits And Vegetables
Right now the US government does not require the labeling of GM products. This means that consumers have no way of knowing whether they are buying GM products or non-GM items. To protect children from accidentally eating GMO fruits and vegetables, parents must take extra steps to ensure the safety of their children.
One thing that consumers can do is to buy products from reliable sources. Since GM products are not required to label their products, organic farmers try to help consumers have a choice by labeling their products. Buying organic products also helps these farmers, thereby ensuring consumers that there is a steady supply of safe and organic fruits and vegetables.
Parents can also grow organic plants and vegetables in their backyard to help supplement their diet. Plants and vegetables like tomatoes, radishes, green beans, carrots and potatoes, as well as others, can easily be grown in the backyard. By growing their own food, parents can help keep their children safe from the dangers posed by genetically modified food.