For years proponents of genetically engineered food have always been talking about the different, fascinating and fantastic GMO benefits. There have even been claims that advantages of genetic engineering would help alleviate poverty, food shortage, and malnutrition on a global scale.
Genetic engineering is a relatively new technology, which is why you should take reports and studies of particular benefits with a grain of salt. You shouldn’t be all too quick to believe that a particular GMO fruit or vegetable will be safe for consumption.
Just take for example rBGH milk. rBGH milk is made from cows that are injected with the man-made recombinant bovine growth hormone, which facilitates the increased milk production of injected cows. The cows produce more milk but they are also more susceptible to udder infections.
Safety tests would have been done on the lab-developed hormone yet they were still unable to prevent the udder infections. What are the assurances that we have then regarding the GMO benefits and safety?
Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of GMO An Honest Report?
All these issues regarding genetically engineered crops are making a lot of people wonder about the validity of reports and studies regarding the advantages of GMO. Realistically speaking, there are honest and dishonest reports about the advantages and disadvantages of GMOs.
What you should do then, is to make sure that whatever information you receive regarding genetic engineering is true. That means you shouldn’t just believe every singe report that you read. Make sure that your sources are valid first. The truthfulness of the reports that you read will be determined by the reliability of your sources.
It is important that you make sure that the information that you receive is reliable since information is your best protection at the moment. Perhaps that is the reason why the government is allowing the GMO companies to keep information from consumers such as you by not requiring these companies to label their GMO products. After all, if you didn’t know that a particular item on the grocery shelf was genetically modified or made with ingredients which were genetically modified, then there is a good chance that you wouldn’t buy the item.
GMO Safety Concerns Should Be A Major Focus In America
The government should focus a lot on GMO safety concerns. It should really make sure that the American consumers are well-protected from any health risks that a genetically modified product might expose them to. Here are the top two reasons why safety should be of utmost concern.
Largest Global Producer of GMO
The United States is the largest producer of genetically modified crops and if there is a country whose population is more exposed to genetically modified fruits and vegetables then it is the United States. Responsibility therefore states that the US should focus a lot on making sure that the GMO crops that are planted on its soil, do not harm American consumers.
GMO Products Are Unlabelled
Because the US government doesn’t require the labeling of GMO products, it should definitely make sure that the GMO products being sold on the shelves are as safe as their non-GMO counterparts.