Negative impacts on GM foods:
The use of genetically modified plants and animals has already become commonplace
in today’s society without many people being aware of it. The lack of
consumer consent in the choice to eat genetically modified foods creates an
Safe for Consumption?
As much as “70 percent” of food prepackaged in a normal grocery
store contain genetically modified foods.
Are they all safe?
- StarLink corn
- modified corn that was found in stores, which were never intended
for human consumption. It was designed specifically for pig feed.
- Flavr Savr tomato
- genetically modified tomato that rot longer.
- but less resistant to pests and easily caught diseases, which made
the crops even more costly to grow and thus higher price for consumers.
- as pollen spreads, genes from pharmaceutical plants have
made it into the food supply.
- these drugged foods are more commonly being fed to animals that are
raised to be slaughtered and consumed by humans.
- BT toxin, designed to kill pests that eat crops, caused allergies
and other responses.
Safety for environment
- Increase use of pesticides and herbicides
- the world’s largest supplier of genetically modified seed
for crops is Monsanto, which happens to be one of the larger producers
of pesticides and herbicides.
- roundup Ready Soy fields require an average 3x as much Roundup.
- Cross pollination
- pollen from modified plants can spreads and will infect other plants,
creating "superweeds" with
insecticidal properties or herbicide-resistance.
- insects becoming resistant to the BT gene inserted into corn and
cotton in order to kill off pests.
- in Canada, an organic crop field was contaminated by Monsato's
genetically modified rapeseed.
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- $200 million was invested in creating Flavr Savr, and almost non of
the investmet was able to be reclaimed.
- GM crops have cost the United States an estimated $12 billion in farm
subsidies, lost sales and product recalls due to transgenic contamination
- Massive failures in Bt Cotton up to 100% in India.
- Very little testing has been done on GM foods.
- genetic engineering is a new field, and long term results are unclear
- funding only given to tests which show positive results.