Ever since scientists learned to engineer genes in the 70's, genetic engineering has been viewed as a cure for many things: disease, global poverty and global hunger. However, with the many different advantages being claimed by proponents of genetic engineering, there are also concerns not only in genetic engineering in medicine but also in genetic engineering in food.
There are many reasons that are presented that implore the public and the government to stop genetic engineering use in food. There are also experts and scientists who have given their reasons why genetic manipulation shouldn't be used in food.
1. No Long Term Safety Assurance
Claims and counter-claims have been made regarding the prolonged safety in consuming genetically engineered foods. One popular example is the findings made by Dr. Alpad Pusztai in the United Kingdom which supposedly showed that animals feeding on genetically modified potatoes sustained gradual organ damage and immune system damage. Pusztai’s retractors have spoken, but the truth still remains that no one can give long term assurance to the consuming public that genetically modified foods are safe to eat.
2. Affects The Environment As Well
Genetically modified food not only threatens the health of the consumers but also that of the environment. There is the continuing concern over the outcrossing of modified genes and traits from GMO crops over to crops grown organically.
After all, not all traits or genes that are beneficial to the GM plants and vegetables are beneficial when transferred to another one. Just imagine if the weeds themselves became resistant to herbicides? It would prove to be a very big problem for farmers.
3. Growers Overuse Harmful Chemicals
A third concern when growing genetically modified crops is the overuse of harmful chemicals. Because the GM crops are more resistant to the herbicides, farmers are prone to use the herbicides more than the usual. And when this happens, there is a real risk that traces of these harmful chemicals will end up on dinner tables.
What Is GMO Food And Why Should We Keep It Off Our Plates?
What is GMO food good for then? Well, compared to what good old Mother Nature has provided, not much really. And since no one can assure the long-term safety of eating genetically modified foods, everybody should make sure to keep it off the dinner plates.
However, since genetically modified products aren’t labeled as such, including genetically modified food, consumers will have to make it their responsibility to track down reliable sources where they can buy non-GMO food.
Why GMO Fruits And Vegetables Aren’t As Healthy As They Sound
These are just some of the reasons why GMO fruits and vegetables aren’t as healthy as others might have claimed or thought they were. Sure, scientists are able to put some more nutrients into a particular fruit or vegetable, but that doesn’t always translate to complete benefits for the consumer.
Safety always comes first, and for that to happen the government should listen to the consumers, and not just to the biotech giants.