Nowadays, the latest trend in genetic engineering involves the creation of genetically modified food. Large GMO companies have come up with different kinds of genetically modified food such as vegetables and fruits. Amongst the most common ones to be modified is one of the world’s most popular grains, rice.
However, there has been much protest, especially amongst farmers, against the use of genetically foods. Latest research shows that contrary to what has been said in the past, there are more and more disadvantages now being related to the production of genetically modified food. In fact, the disadvantages are now clearly beginning to outweigh the advantages.
Why We Should Protect Non GMO Rice From The Modified Ones
Big GMO companies are slowly trying to introduce to farmers seeds which are considered to be genetically modified. GMO rice, such as golden rice, is being introduced since scientists claim that they are more resistant to pests and they are supposed to be fortified with vitamin A and iron for health purposes. There are, however, protests concerning the need to separate genetically modified rice from non gmo rice. There is a huge possibility of cross-pollination between the ordinary and genetically modified rice. In fact, there have already been reports of such occurrences.
If cross-pollination occurs, then there is also a huge possibility that almost all crops such as rice will be in a genetically modified form. Consumers need an option as to what they can and cannot buy and the farmers are the ones who are supposed to provide for it. With cross-pollination, there is a possibility that we will lose all crops in their original forms. Another reason why it is highly discouraged to breed gmo and non-gmo crops together is that there have already been reports of certain contaminating the soil where gmo crops grow.
Protect You And Your Family’S Health – Know What Vegetables Are GMO
With the ongoing increase in the number of GMO foods that are being produced, it is important to know what vegetables are GMO and what vegetables aren’t. Besides rice, other vegetable that have started to join the GMO trend are corn, tomatoes and soya. Although scientists claim, as in the case of rice, that many of these vegetables have been enriched with nutrients and vitamins via genetic engineering, it is also important to note that many of these are being consumed in large amounts.
As in the case of golden rice which is fortified with vitamin A and iron, in huge amounts, one has to consider that vitamin A has a toxicity level and too much of it can cause more harm than good to your body. In certain cases, there have been reports of certain bacteria which were transferred to certain genetically modified food as these bacteria are used during laboratory procedures which involve genetic engineering.
The creation of GMO crops may have been thought of with the most noble of causes. But until all the disadvantages have been threshed out, it is better for us to have alternatives as consumers.