Greenpeace is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to protecting and preserving the resources of the environment. Hence, it comes as no surprise when they are ones of the first few to voice their disagreement to genetic engineering of food due to its potential risks on the environment. Greenpeace chapters from various parts of the world had been persistent in showing their resistance on GMO plants, especially since some governments (such as in Canada) has approved this farming technology.
Greenpeace International has not slowed down on its efforts to negate the concepts introduced by the modification of food. In fact, they have consistently released information drive resources and tools to make consumers aware and prompt them to withdraw support on genetically engineered vegetables and crops for its possible negative impact.
Some GMO proponents have gotten away with their argument that GE food has provided the most liable solution for combating world hunger. Hence, officials and members of Greenpeace International have made sure to provide a different perspective on this subject to enlighten consumers on their choices.
What Are Genetically Modified Organisms and GMO Foods?
GMO literally stands for genetically modified organisms and is breaking news nearly every day. Indeed, there is probably none other in the world of agriculture that has stirred as much controversy as genetically modified crops have. The development of genetic technology has resulted in a number of innovations in the farming practices during the modern times but this one is filled with a lot of uncertainty, which is also making consumers think twice.
The process of genetic engineering in agriculture involves introducing bacterial genes to crops that would enhance its growth, improve yield, resist damage to crops, and increase the plant’s nutritional value. Because of the reasons stated above, genetic engineering has become a commonplace in plant technology these days. However, this technology has not been free from controversies because there are also as much drawbacks as there are benefits to this type of growing plants and crops.
The two main areas of concern when dealing with genetic engineering is the concern human health and the receiving environment. There are various processes and risk assessment procedure that these genetically modified crops go through but regulatory authorities are still looking for ways to improve their current procedure for a better result.
Why You Should Be Concerned About Genetically Engineered Vegetables
There are several reasons to be concerned about buying and consuming genetically engineered vegetables. Some of them are listed below:
• Aside from potentially triggering allergic reactions, it can also inadvertently create new allergens.
• It could eventually develop to antibiotic resistance and the need to develop more resistance as the insects have become immune to the gene inserted to the plant as well.
• It can lead to more threat to the biodiversity of fruits and vegetables, among other types of crops.
• It lacks proper research and study that would support the idea that it is safe for human consumption. Hence, it could potentially be risky for one’s health.
• It can cross contaminate even organic crops or those that did not undergo genetic engineering of food.