Genetically modified organisms or GMOs have dominated the industry in recent years. These products show a lot of benefits and good for the industry, but there are also groups and organizations that want to stop the growth and development of these products because of the threats and risks they present to the consumers, the industry and the market as a whole. GMO beets are among these new products. Here are some guidelines and info.
On GE Beets
Monsanto is the leading producer and seller of genetically modified crops and products worldwide. After a number of years, food companies in the United States have approved genetically altered beets. Thousands of farmers are now looking at the possibility of using these, regardless of the unfounded fears, for the sake of continuing their livelihood and getting to save more in costs like labor and pesticides.
The GMO beets are genetically changed so that these can continue to grow and develop even in unfavorable circumstances and places. They are herbicide and pesticide tolerate, so farmers can continue treating the place to get rid of pests and weeds, without having to worry about the beets dying. The beets are also immune to a lot of diseases and infestations so you get to grow and have them at a faster rate compared to planting traditional crops.
The start of the backlash against these beets started after people focused on the many potential health threats and risks posed by the altered crops. Beet-derived sugar, however, does not have any protein or DNA. The beets produced by the Monsanto company poses concern because of the contents. The beets, like several other crops from the company, are described as being Roundup Ready. They are tolerant to Roundup, which is an herbicide made by Monsanto. This is toxic to standard beets. The use of Roundup also needs to be increased over time so that the plants do not develop tolerance.
More Risks with Genetically Modified Beets
Glyphosate is an active ingredient found in Roundup and is usually linked to cancer. Other people say that the connection is also tenuous. The ingredient is connected to organ damage among animals, thereby affecting the development of fetuses and human reproduction. Modified crops, in general, will lead to environmental and health concerns, whether these are done via adjusted genes or through breeding.
Destroying the Beets
A federal judge ordered the destruction of genetically modified beets, saying that these were illegally planted. The judge indicated that there are risks involved in planting these crops because of the environmental dangers associated with the activity. There are no guarantees that the GMO crops can have adverse effects on other plants. Contamination concerns were also indicated. Herbicide resistant crops are known to lead to added toxic chemicals and wastes in the soil and water. There are also ethical and moral concerns among the general public regarding the way these crops are grown. Monsanto has the capacity to monopolize the business by indicating the price without fear of growing competition.