Over the years, a wide array of crops and animals have been subjects of genetic engineering, such as tomatoes, sugar beets, corn, rice, sheep, cows and pigs. GMO potatoes are among the most controversial because of its different effects on the economy and the environment. Knowing more about the process and understanding how these are made might help you decide whether or not you wish to continue consumption and purchase of GMO goods.
Farmers Show Concern Over Genetically Engineered Potatoes
Genetic engineering has tested potatoes and successfully presented the yielding of amylase-free potatoes. Traditional breeding methods still cannot produce amylase-free potatoes that are highly resistant to diseases and pets. Applications have also been shown to European regulatory authorities for the approval of the development and growth of these new potatoes for the production of starch. Starch-modified genetically engineered potatoes can be available in many European fields soon if the request is approved.
Many GM potato cultivars will have added resistance to many viruses, plus the potato beetle. Initially, about 25,000 hectares were allocated for the growth of these new potatoes, but cultivation has stopped since then. The growing of these products did not show any economic benefits, as other big US companies did not like to further process the products.
Farmers are very concerned about the possibility of losing their jobs because of patented GE plants. Huge companies have taken over the cultivation and limit the ability of farmers to also grow GE crops even if they wanted to. The monopoly can mean that GE companies can quickly harvest crops as much as 100 to 200 times faster than the traditional method. Farmers can lose their livelihood or will have to pay more to keep the plants protected from disease and viruses.
GMO-Free Veggies Get The Greenpeace Approval
Greenpeace is an international and independent group that aims to save the environment, as well as campaign for products and processes that help keep the world a better and healthier place to live in. GMO-free vegetables were given the Greenpeace approval because of its many benefits. Farmers get to keep their jobs and the environment does not have to suffer from higher doses of sprays and herbicides. Plants and animals should stay protected against transgenic species that can lead to random breeding. GMO-free veggies also mean that human health stays protected from the unknown effects of long term consumption. GMO in food might initially have good intentions, but the unknown consequences still far outweigh the potential benefits which is why Greenpeace still pushes the buying of GMO-free products.
Greenpeace International encourages consumers to say no to genetically modified products and crops. Campaigns have been supported that aim to educate people more about the ill effects of the practice to the environment, economy and human health. People from all over the world are being taught what it means to have mutated food products and the ramifications of monopolization to farmers and the price of commodities. Overall, only a handful of industries will benefit and food supply might even take a huge downfall.