Genetically engineered vegetables like all other genetically engineered plants and animals were designed so that they will possess particular traits. While such modifications were done, first and foremost, to benefit consumers, there remains the truth that such genetically modified vegetables could pose a risk to animal and human health.
Once in a while, there are instances when genetically engineered plants shock the world. Such as when sheep died in India after supposedly grazing on genetically engineered plants. And what’s scary is that this might not be the last time. Worse, the same thing could happen to consumers who end up feeding on GMO products, like genetically engineered vegetables and fruits.
And the irony of it all is that after years of trying out genetically engineered plants, consumers soon found that there was nothing extraordinary about the much-hyped genetically engineered products. They weren’t any cheaper; they had the same shelf life; and they weren’t even any tastier than the normal variants. What then could consumers gain from genetically engineered vegetables and fruits other than health risks?
In the end, everyone is better off with naturally grown vegetables.
What Is GMO Food Capable Of Doing To Our Bodies?
So, what is all the fuss about? What is GMO food capable of doing to our bodies? While there are many concerns regarding the effects of GMO food on the human health, two main reasons figure in the ongoing debate regarding genetically modified organisms:
While traditionally grown or produced food do not undergo tests to find out if they have the tendency to provoke allergic reactions, genetically modified food should be treated differently. While the genetically modified foods currently on the market have been found safe regarding allergenicity, there is no complete assurance that consumers won’t develop an allergic reaction to any newly introduced genetically modified crop.
2. Gene Transfer
Gene transfers from genetically modified food to body cells or to the gastrointestinal bacteria is a source of concern because such transfers could have adverse effects on the health of consumers. This could really pose a problem if the genes that were transferred were antibiotic resistance genes. Doctors would have a big problem if people suddenly developed resistances to antibiotics.
How To Keep Stores Free Of GE Vegetables - Yes, It's Up To You
Sadly, the United States Government does not require the labeling of genetically modified products and that includes GE vegetables. However, there is a way that these genetically altered vegetables are kept off the stores and that is possible with the help of consumers such as you.
Yes, you. And because you don’t know if a particular product that you bought is a GMO or not, then you won’t have a way to exercise your choice. One good way is patronizing by organic farmers. Buying products from organic farmers, you increase the demand for non-GMO vegetables. Another way is by asking your grocer to supply non-GMO products.
You will have to personally take some steps to keep your favorite stores from carrying genetically engineered vegetables, but your efforts will be worth it. Remember, it isn’t just your health; it’s your family’s as well.