Genetically modified organisms are being viewed as the solutions to the world’s growing food problems. But before everybody believes all the hype about the genetic engineering advantages, they should take a closer look at the other side of the coin.
Ever since, genetically modified crops and animals were seen as the answer to having a more bountiful harvest and having sturdier crops and animals. Some farmers do enjoy the benefits of GMO crops and animals, but the world can’t turn a blind eye to the many failures of genetic engineering.
First of all, GMO safety is a lie. While corporations like Monsanto may claim that the mutant varieties of plants and animals are safe, reports that milk coming from cows injected with RBGH causes cancer or that Roundup ready alfalfa may taint the milk and meat of cows prove that GMOs aren’t as safe as they are claimed to be.
Is The Government Mistaken Regarding The Pros Of Genetic Engineering?
The government sees genetically modified food as a way of helping the farmers but they are wrong. If the US government continues to only see the pros of genetic engineering and not the negative effects of the mutant products, they may end up endangering the health of consumers and doing more damage to the environment.
For example, the US government allows the use of pesticide-resistant varieties of plants because of the benefits. However, what the government continues to disregard is the long-term effect such plants may have on the environment.
GMO crops can cross pollinate with other plants and if farmers continue to use the pesticide-resistant variety, the world may soon see more and more weeds that are just as resistant to pesticide and pests as the modified crop.
The government needs to put up stronger safety requirements to further protect the consumers, who, by right, should be given a choice whether they want to feed modified plants and vegetables to their children or non-GMO food.
GMO Safety Concerns That Affect Us All
But as long as the USDA and FDA fail to give importance and attention to the GMO safety concerns, genetically engineered products may continue to affect us all – sometimes without us even knowing. That’s the main danger that consumers continually face because the US government continues to allow the GMO producers to sell their products in the market without properly informing the consumers.
GMO products – like beef and milk from modified cattle, genetically modified strawberries or GMO soy beans -- will continue to threaten the health of consumers because they will have no way of telling whether a particular product is organic or not.
GMO plants and animals can also easily taint their non-GMO counterparts through cross-pollination and cross-breeding. When that happens, the resulting offspring isn’t considered non-GMO anymore and may carry the modified genetic traits of their parents. So if consumers don’t want to eat GMO beef, they will have no way of telling whether the burger that they are eating is non-GMO beef or not. The same thing goes with any other GMO product that they may encounter in the market.