There are many published finding and articles regarding GMO pros and cons. However as with many things, you shouldn’t take these findings, articles or reports lightly. What you should do is be aware of the things that you read – especially when reading about the advantages and disadvantages of GMO.
Genetic engineering in agriculture has always had two sides to it. On one side, are the benefits of genetically modifying plants and animals. Some GM crops are supposedly designed to be more resistant to pests and chemicals. Others are designed to produce more and bigger fruit during the harvest season. While others are designed so that they will have extra nutrients in them, like GMO rice.
However, there are also those who talk about the dangers of genetic engineering in agriculture. There are fears of the bad effect of GMO plants on the balance of the environment. There are concerns that the chemical or pest resistant traits will be passed on to other plants. There are also the real threat of the dangers that GMO products have on the human body.
When reading about these findings, what you should do is not just to read the articles carefully but also to read between the lines. Since there are two sides to the issue, each side will most likely present data or findings that favor them both. The best thing then is to find out what the authorities and specialists from both sides aren’t telling us.
For example, is there something that the government isn’t telling us when they asked that the GMO producers themselves conduct their own research regarding the effects and safety of the products that they are promoting? Is there a problem with transparency when the same producers applying for permission to plant their GMO crops are the ones who are going to conduct safety tests on their own products?
Is The FDA Biased In Presenting The Pros And Cons Of GMO?
Which brings you to the question regarding the FDA’s stand in the issue. Is the FDA biased in presenting the genetic engineering disadvantages?
Although, there are those who want that answered definitely, because the FDA have asked others (namely, the biotech companies themselves) to do the research on the pros and cons of certain GM crops, it would be very hard to pinpoint the FDA’s stand on this. What everyone is left with is more questions and more fuel for conspiracy theories. Questions like:
- Why are the FDA or the USDA not the ones doing the research?
- Why can’t they get a reliable third party to do the tests?
- How honest will the GMO producers be when they test their products?
Genetic Engineering Disadvantages That You Won’t Hear Biotech Companies Advertise
The public has always heard or read about how good the genetically engineered crops are. However, there are some concerns that do not reach the knowledge of the general public.
For example, Dr. Linda Kahl, FDA compliance officer, reported that the "process of genetic engineering and traditional breeding are different, and according to the technical experts in the agency [FDA], they lead to different risks."
This is just one of the genetic engineering disadvantages that you will rarely hear the biotech companies advertise. And the less they tell you, the more they end up selling.