Are Genetic Engineering Crops Dangerous?

Genetic engineering crops are a controversial issue, as some believe they have the potential to solve the world hunger problem, while at the same time lowering food prices for everyone in the developed world, while others point to the potential dangers of altering nature. The case for the positive effects of genetically modified food is new proven, in the sense that it genuinely is more durable, but the potential side effects remain to be seen. The immediate future is likely to answer many of the questions, as genetic engineering in plants is at a more advanced stage than any other branch of the science.

The motivation behind using genetic engineering to produce crops is an obvious one, as it can lead to improved yields and more durable crops. With current technology it is not difficult to grow a crop which will be stronger, grow taller, and give more food than an equivalent naturally occurring crop. This improved food yield could easily lead to falling prices in food stores, as well as the possibility of exporting more food to other parts of the world. Famines could be eased or even eliminated using this technology, but the risk remains unknown.

Similar genetic modifications can create crops which are resistant to prevailing weather conditions, and this will inevitably mean that more of the surface of the planet can be reliably used. In temperate areas, it is common for temperature and weather variations to be extreme, sometimes up to ten degrees either side of the average. Cold can kill off crops of this type, and so can drought. If a more resistant crop can be grown, there will inevitably be an increase in productivity for any given piece of land. This would also play a significant role in potentially reducing world food shortages.

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The world is already producing genetic engineering crops in large quantities, without as much controversy or argument as you might expect. That is not to say there are no dissenters, because there are plenty, but it has been a relatively smooth ride for the politicians in getting their wishes passed. Much of the controversy which does exist concerns labeling, or more precisely the lack of it, in many major countries including the United States. There is a strong argument that people should know exactly what they are eating and what has been done to it, but the practical difficulties in full disclosure labeling are extreme.

It is virtually impossible to quantify exactly what the long term consequences of a dependency upon genetic engineering would be, in terms of agriculture and ecology. There are more controversial applications which involve using animals and even human beings, where the negative effects could be extreme, but in the case of plant food it is difficult to tell. So much will depend on how much the altered food can spread and potentially affect other crops, on other farms and even in other countries. There is certainly a potential for chaos to ensue.

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There is also no way of determining the effect of genetic engineering crops on the human body. Science is always concerned with numbers and with quantities of nutrients which are taken into the body, and rarely with the quality of those nutrients. There are many substances which the body can absorb and cope with perfectly well, as long as they are in a natural state. When they are altered by science to become chemicals, the body cannot absorb them as they are no longer in an organic natural state. It is possible that eating genetically modified food could cause this type of difficulty, as the body is not built to handle genetic engineering crops.

 

 

 

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