GM potatoes are the least popular of the genetically modified crops that are planted in the US; the most popular being GM soybeans, GM cotton, and GM maize.
The GE potatoe never got off the ground since fast food giants as well as other food producers boycotted the GM crop due to strong consumer backlash over crop biotechnology.
Because of this, the GE potato never got off the ground and Monsanto had to focus on other genetically modified crops.
Mr. Potato Head Frowns Upon Genetically Engineered Potatoes
Right now, genetically engineered potatoes still aren’t the most popular of the genetically engineered plant. And it’s for good reason that organic growers are frowning upon the genetically engineered potatoes.
As with other GM plants and vegetables, organic farmers are wary of the effects of GMO crops on their crops as a whole and not just with genetically modified potatoes. There is a general fear that the GM crops would accidentally pass undesirable genes to normal crops planted near GM fields. Some farmers fear that herbicide resistant crops would pass on their resistance to weeds.
Even consumers are threatened by the use of these GM crops. When crops are designed to be more resistant to certain chemicals (in one case, Mosanto’s Roundup weedkiller) there are concerns that these chemical might end up in the produce and then on your dinner tables.
Effects Of Using Genetic Engineering In Agriculture
Genetic engineering in agriculture was seen as a way to boost the agriculture industry by providing crops that could withstand pesticide, have desirable genetic traits, or be more productive than their natural counterparts.
However, the GE fruits and vegetables didn’t just bring with them good news. They also brought with them several disadvantages. Disadvantages that either posed a threat to your health or to the safety and balance of the environment.
In different studies from previous years, several scientists and doctors have found some drawbacks to using GMO fruits and vegetables in agriculture.
Dr. Linda Kahl, FDA compliance officer wrote that the “process of genetic engineering and traditional breeding are different, and according to the technical experts in the agency [FDA], they lead to different risks.”
Also Dr. Edwin J. Mathews said that a GM plant “may contain an identical profile of expected plant toxicant levels (i.e. expected toxicants) as is normally found in a closely related, natural plant. However, genetically modified plants could also contain unexpected high concentrations of plant toxicants.” He wrote a memorandum titled “Analysis of the Major Plant Toxicants” to the Toxicology Section of the Biotechnology Working Group.
There are many effects that GM food have, not only in the agriculture sector, but also to the health of the consumers. And there is no way to inform consumers whether the food that they are buying from the grocery store is GMO or not. The US government is not requiring GMO producers to label their products, thus making it nearly impossible for common consumers to determine whether they are buying GMO or non-GMO food.