GM crops are really a concern for the environment. In fact, farmers shouldn’t be the only persons who should be concerned when GE plants are planted. Everyone should be concerned, because if things go wrong it could affect the environment.
Unless GMO plants are planted in an isolation location, then there will be no assurance that the genetically engineered plants will not affect the immediate environment. The pollen coming from the genetically engineered crops can easily be transported by the air or bees, affecting other plants.
This crosspollination can transfer traits from the GM crop into the other plants. That can be where the problems start since what could be desirable in the GM crops won’t be helpful at all when the trait is passed on to other plants. You can just imagine the havoc that will be caused by weeds that suddenly gain resistances to pesticides.
Another problem is that if chemical-resistant GMO crops are planted more and more, there is a chance that farmers are also prone to use more of the harmful chemicals. These harmful chemicals, in turn, might end up in trace amounts in the food that you eat.
Also, introducing something unnatural to the environment will possibly produce unexpected results. That’s why many are bothered when GMO crops are used. After all, whether everyone likes it or not, these genetically modified plants will have an impact on the environment that they are introduced into.
Public Impression On Genetically Modified Crops Not Positive
There is a good chunk of the public that do not like the idea of genetically modified crops at all. No matter how much studies and tests regarding the safety of these genetically modified crops and the GMO food are done, the public will never fully trust genetically engineered crops and their proponents.
After all, if the genetically engineered products are as safe and nutritious as many claim them to be, then why is the United States government not telling GMO producers to clearly label their products as genetically modified? What are they trying to hide? Are they afraid that once the consumers find out that the product is GMO, the consumers won’t purchase the product?
This decision of the US government causes many to doubt and garners a negative impression from the general public. Because of this negative impression on genetically engineered products and the health risks that they might pose, the government and the GMO producers continue to produce unlabeled products. A cycle is then created.
Your Stand On The Genetic Engineering of Food
If there is one thing which can do much good to knowing the truth behind the genetic engineering of food then it will be your stand. Depending on your opinion on the matter, you will naturally either love GMO food or not. If you decide to you don’t want to have genetically engineered food in your diet, then you should take the necessary steps to ensure that the food that you buy is non-GMO.
Your stand should determine how you will act. You should not let yourself be dictated by the different sides of this GMO debate. After all, it is your health and that of the environment, which includes you, that are on the line.