Wheat farmers in the US have called on protests and made their point with regards to the deregulation of GE wheat. They have specifically called on the attention of the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service and the Department of Agriculture in the US about their concerns to ensure that it is looked into by the government. According to them, there are environmental, economic, and social damages that could result from the continued production of genetically modified wheat.
However, the seemingly lack of action done to regulate genetic engineering in agriculture, particularly on wheat and other similar types of crops, have make them question whether there are political reasons behind this. After all, some politicians seemed to have voiced out their support of GMO due to its perceived advantages in the economy. Monsanto has already filed their petition for deregulation of genetically modified wheat and other GE food products, which when approved could mean they could produce these GMO crops legally.
The possibility of political reasons being the cause for this deregulation law not being lifted can be very true indeed. However, these are mere speculations at this point especially since most of the big players and the politicians that are dealing with them are tight lipped about any ongoing negotiations.
Genetically Modified Wheat Takes A Back Foot In Getting The Approval By Advanced Nations
Even advanced nations are thinking twice about the possibility of gm wheat contaminating their cropping system. It therefore raises a lot of questions as to why this approval does not seem to get through.
Here are some of the reasons stated by advanced nations that made them wonder if allowing widespread planting of GMO crops in their country would make a lot of sense:
• It would mean market loss as other countries would refuse to import wheat from them.
• It could launch a gradual degradation of organic farming and agricultural methods.
• It could raise concerns on the health of the farmers and those who are exposed to GMO products.
• It could cause massive environmental damage that would offset the perceived short-term benefits.
• It would increase the costs of farming.
• It would lack means for corporate control especially if the production of GE wheat would remain deregulated.
Why The GMO Debate is One-Sided
The ongoing GMO debate on genetically modified crops and other produce rages on. However, it might not stop soon as more new GMO products are being released into the market by major companies such as Monsanto. But is this debate really one sided?
To reiterate the point raised above, the ones who are going to determine whether genetically modified wheat and other crops are released into the market are impartial. Indeed, the politicians and secretary of the government offices tasked at handling all these controversies surrounding genetic engineering in food seem to adapt a deterministic approach towards GMO and its purported benefits. This is also one reason why the debate never seems to end because the ones in control with all of the information and studies surrounding the concept of GMO control the amount of information that is released into the wider market.