Genetic engineering has at times been hailed as the Holy Grail of the agriculture industry. Many times have the proponents of genetic engineering in agriculture boasted how genetically modified plants and vegetables were going to save problems such as global warming, world hunger, and even global poverty.
However, those against the use of GMO plants are rallying under another banner and claiming quite the opposite. They are saying that the use of genetic engineering in agriculture will pose more problems than benefits for the environment and the consumers.
And the debate rages on. Lawsuits and countersuits have been thrown by all sides and there still is no clear indication which of the two sides is correct.
Not even the United States government seems to be able to clearly say just which of the two sides is correct; although there seems to be a bit of a bias towards proponents of GMO, namely Monsanto, which in many instances the USDA has allowed the use of several GMO crops.
However, whether any side is correct is overshadowed by two good reasons why not to use genetic engineering in agriculture at all.
First of all, the safety tests haven’t been able to conclude that using gmo fruits and vegetables are safe for consumers. Whether this be rBGH milk, GE soybean, or the genetically engineered rice; there are published and unpublished tests for both sides claiming the validity of their claims.
One side says the GMO food is safe while the other claims to the contrary – and both say they have the papers and the evidence to support their claims. Without being able to definitely say who is correct, American consumers are obviously the ones who have the most to lose.
The second reason is the fact that the American government doesn’t require GMO producers to label their products as genetically modified or tainted by genetically engineered ingredients. This means even if a consumer decides not to have GMO food getting on their plates, there will be no immediate way for them to determine whether a particular product is genetically modified or tainted by GMO products.
The only way then to keep consumers safe is by not using genetic engineering in agriculture at all. Unless using genetically modified foods is proven to be completely safe and with no harmful side effects for consumers, then it is better to keep with what Mother Nature gave in the first place.
Experts say GMO fruits are no healthier than non-GMO ones
After all, as a whole, even GMO fruits are no healthier than ordinary and organically grown fruits. They may be more resistant to pests and pesticide. They may even grow bigger and faster, but they do not provide any big benefits to the people eating them. That means we are a lot safer when eating organically grown fruits and vegetables.
How Are The Potential Risks Of Genetically Modified Crops To Human Health Determined?
Genetically Modified Crops are normally tested by feeding the said crops to mice or rats. However, these may not always be enough to test the range of effects that GMO food might have on people. In the end, Mother Nature’s crops should be the ones on consumers’ plates and nothing else.