From the field of medicine to agriculture, there are many great things being said about genetic engineering. There is a growing concern, however, that the information given to the public is biased. Presently, questions are continually being raised whether factual genetic engineering articles are being withheld from the public.
Genetic engineering is a multi billion-dollar industry and those doing trade in this industry and making money out of it will protect their interests in any way that they can – including misleading the public about facts regarding genetic engineering. These industries have the ways and means to sway public opinion of genetically modified products and practices.
It isn’t surprising then that there are so many good things and reports that the public believes about genetic engineering, especially in the agriculture industry. Higher yield, sturdier crops and more nutritious variants of non-GMO crops are GMO promises that have been embedded in the minds of the public. This is the reason why anything being said about genetic engineering should be taken with a grain of salt.
Why Articles On Genetic Engineering Should Take Lie Detector Tests
Of course, articles on genetic engineering can’t take lie detector tests. But one thing that the public can do to make sure that they are reading a factual and unbiased article is to find a reliable source of GMO articles that they can read. There is a lot of garbage in the internet and not everything that can be found in the internet is true. Finding a good and unbiased source of articles will help in educating the readers. Also, readers can double-check the studies, experiment or cases that the articles cite. Doing so will help determine the validity of the articles.
The public needs to do this to keep from being brainwashed into thinking that genetic engineering is foolproof. There have been many cases where those consuming genetically modified products have developed cancer (reportedly from drinking rBGH milk) and grazing animals have died (as what is suspected happened to the goats and sheep who accidentally ate Bt Cotton in India).
The public doesn’t hear much about these negative reports but they do need to know about these incidents to better inform them about GMOs. Having a better understanding of genetically modified organisms will also help the public in making intelligent decisions regarding anything that concerns modified products.
Feasible Steps How The FDA Could Define GMO Limitations
The responsibility of protecting the health of the consumers shouldn’t just fall on the individual but also to the FDA. The FDA should define GMO limitations and should not give GMO producers free rein regarding production and marketing of their products.
Labeling is a simple thing that the FDA can ask GMO producers to do. When the GMO products are labeled, consumers will have an easier time of identifying GMO and non-GMO products. Presently, the US government does not require the labeling of GMO products. Telling these producers to label their genetically modified products will allow consumers the ability to choose intelligently and it’s something that the USDA and FDA should do soon.