It seems as if after the genetic modification of crops comes a new frontier in genetic engineering—the genetic engineering of animals. As what is being done with GMO crops, biotech companies are now trying to convince the public once again of the many advantages of having genetically modified animals as a solution to the food crisis that many are experiencing. The problem with this though is the fact the end results of all these modifications are yet to be seen as there are no valid conclusions regarding its safety.
Shocking Reasons Why We Should Stop Genetic Engineering in Animals Right Now
By now, people already know that genetic engineering in crops involves property rights which allow only a few companies to produce these kinds of crops. The same would go then for genetically modified animals as this would limit the farming of these animals to a number of companies only.
Going beyond economics though, genetic engineering in animals means that all the animals within a given species will have a uniform set of genes which are meant to make them more resistant to bacteria and other diseases which usually affect their species. That would be nice if we could predict what diseases prevail over a given period of time. But what if a given disease enters the picture and resistance to this disease wasn’t included in the newly designed species? That would mean that this disease could practically wipe out an entire line of species!
What about the ethical treatment of animals during experimental procedures? Statistics have shown that there has been an increase in the number of rats through recent years as it takes quite a number of rats and mice to develop certain genetic lines. However, not all of them can be used. The alternative then for the animals in excess is to subject them to euthanasia as there would be no need for them. Where do animal rights enter the picture then?
What the Experts Are Covering Up Regarding the Genetic Engineering of Food
People are being sold with the notion that there is no harm in ingesting genetically engineered food. However, there are still a lot of questions to be answered regarding the long-term effects of these types of food on the health of individuals.
There have been studies showing that animals who have consumed genetically modified crops containing Bt have died by the thousands. How long will it take before we notice an increase in a number of diseases, most especially cancer and other organ-related problems, related to GM food consumption? Maybe, if it hasn’t started yet, then it’s all just a matter of time.
Nature has provided us with so many means to produce food and to benefit from a lot of nature’s bounty. It is just a matter of taking care of these natural resources which, unfortunately, many of us fail to do. To venture into another unknown, while one continues to exist, is a gamble that is too risky to take.