In order to assure the general public of the safety of genetically engineered foods, government agencies as well as GMO companies claim to have conducted GMO tests to check on the safety of GE foods. Unknown to many though is that the GMO tests conducted by such companies and agencies are lacking in terms of reliability. The mere fact that genetically engineered foods are more complex with varying compositions makes testing more difficult as compared to ordinary chemicals. Besides these, very few publications have been made regarding the actual hazards that come with GMO technology and some of the experimental designs used were even quite faulty.
Researchers in the past have been sponsored by GMO companies in order to reassure the public of the safety of GMOs. In fact, the big seed companies have entered agreements disallowing the use of their seeds for independent testing unless they earn the approval of these companies. However, recent independent researches were done and these are beginning to show that there are indeed safety concerns and health hazards resulting from GMOs.
GMO Companies And The Products They Produce
There are a number of companies that are involved in genetic engineering, the more popular ones being Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta. All of them are involved in genetic engineering of seeds which ultimately produce GM crops.
Besides getting involved in the seed industry, Monsanto is also involved in the production of rBGH, a synthetic hormone injected in cows which is meant to increase milk production by as much as 25%. GE crops are known to have developed resistance against pests and virus and farmers who are into GE crops are known to increase crop production as well.
Not surprisingly, due to decreased costs, a number of food companies are into the use of GE food products which use GMOs as their source. Companies such as CocaCola, Nestle, McDonalds, Quaker Oats, Campbell’s, Frito Lay, General Mills, and Nabisco amongst a whole lot of others are into the use of GMOs which gives us, the consumers, very little to choose from.
What the GMO Statistics Are Telling Us
GMO statistics have shown that the US is the number one producer of GMO products worldwide. 2010 GMO statistics showed that there has once again been an increase in the cultivation of GM crops such as cotton, maize and soybeans. It is also in the US where there has been a wide use of synthetically produced growth hormones in cows. What these statistics simply show us is that many consumers in the US remain unaware of the dangers that GMOs pose.
The lack of information regarding its dangers leads to the continuous consumption and purchase of these materials. Added to this, there also seems to be an apparent lack of choice between companies that use these products and the companies that don’t.
The lack of transparency in GMO companies may lead to increase in sales and GMO production. However, the long-term dangers not only to individuals, but also to the environment, may come at a time when solutions can no longer be raised. Therefore, the need for reliable testing regarding the safety of these products should be insisted upon by government in order to protect its citizens from the hazards that these products may eventually pose.