Presently, the debate on whether to allow genetically modified organisms into the agricultural sector rages on despite proof that GMOs have a negative effect on humans. The GMO debate, however, should be brought to a swift close and modified organisms should be banned from use because the longer the debate continues, the longer consumers are exposed to danger.
The GMO Debate Continues - How The GMO Industry Is Tossing Consumer Safety Out The Window
Sadly, the GMO industry is doing very little to protect the consumers. For one, consumers hardly ever know whether the produce they are buying is grown naturally or the mutant version. This is because the US government doesn’t require the labeling of genetically modified food.
Unlike the European Union, which has ordered the labeling of GMO goods, the US government policy doesn’t require producers to label their products. This very well infringes on the consumers’ right to choose. This also exposes buyers to serious health risks – risks they could avoid were products labeled accordingly.
In recent years, a good amount of soy, cotton, and corn grown in the United States were mutant crops. Consumers, however, had no idea whether they were eating GM crops or not since there were no labels. This problem continues even outside the US, since even if a particular country bans the use of GMO, they will have no way of telling whether the products they import from the US is not genetically modified.
What the US government should do is make a labeling system that labels GM and non-GM foods appropriately. Strict measures should be enforced to make sure that this system is implemented starting from the production level up to the product’s marketing level. This will ensure that consumers are well informed about the particular product even before they purchase it.
Why Farmers Want GMO Crops Off Of Their Land Forever
Farmers, for their part, want the GMO crops banned for a number of reasons. For one, farmers question the impact that these mutant crops might have on the surrounding environment. They simply don’t know whether these modified plants will bully or choke other plants, wild or otherwise.
Also, because GM plants are designed to repel pests, the mutant plants might affect the population of these insects. These insects may be the food source of other insects, thus affecting the biodiversity of the immediate area. Experienced farmers show more concern about the ill-effects of GM crops on the biodiversity of an area, since while the effect is not immediately seen, the long-term damage may be great.
Farmers are also afraid that natural plants will be contaminated by pollen from genetically modified crops. And since there is no way to know how these pollinated plants will perform (or whether they should also be considered as modified plants), farmers are very concerned of the potential harm that these plants will do.
Genetically modified organisms pose serious health risks to humans. However, unless the GMO debate is settled and the appropriate steps are taken, the consumers will remain the loser. The US government should pay attention to the cases of the ill-effects of GMO and protect the consumers at all costs and ban the use of GMO products.