There is now much hype regarding the proliferation of many genetically engineered products. Be they crops, animals or food, genetic engineering has sparked so much controversy that there is now a wealth of information available on the web regarding this matter.
However, there are many viewpoints coming from different individuals regarding genetic engineering pros as well as cons that it is really quite difficult to filter what is reliable and what is not. It is in this light that it would be wise to come up with a universal set of standards that show what are the accepted advantages and disadvantages of genetic engineering.
The GMO Health Risks Are Real – Find Out What They Are
Amongst the many GMO cons or disadvantages that should be universally accepted is the fact that GMOs, specifically foods, do carry potential health risks for humans. There have been many studies already showing differences in organ development in animals fed with GMO foods and crops. There have also been reports of animals dying by the thousands that were previously fed with GMOs.
In humans, there are already reports showing that there is a high probability of gene transfers in GMOs that may increase the allergens of a certain crop or food. Viral proteins used during experimental procedures may actually be introduced in the gut which may lead to new forms of viral and/or bacterial diseases in the future.
The L-tryptophan epidemic in the 80s which involved food genetically modified to carry an increased amount of L-tryptophan resulted in a new incurable disorder known as Eosinophilia Myalgia Syndrome or EMS. This has long been buried by the biotech companies as part of history although history forgotten may lead to a repeat of such incidences.
Biotech companies claim that GMO health risks are not for real since they have humans have been consuming GMOs for decades. But who is to say that increases in the incidence of cancer or other diseases are not a result of this as proper monitoring is not being done?
Experts Slam Claims of Advantages of Genetic Engineering
Genetic engineering involves experimentation with genetic combination that are quite new to the point that scientists would really have no idea as to what its effects will be to both the environment and to humans. The claim that genetic engineering serves as a solution to end world good hunger is not true since it is not really a lack of food supply that causes world hunger. In fact, the FAO itself has declared that GM foods are not really a solution to ending world hunger.
As for health benefits that are truly myths, fortified food courtesy of genetic engineering is also questionable as there is such a thing as an excess of vitamin intake which may lead to more organ damage rather than good. The advantages of genetic engineering are seen for now because the truths that come with the disadvantages have yet to be disclosed. If the truth comes out though, would the advantages still outweigh the disadvantages. This remains to be in serious doubt.