An outline of the arguments for and against genetically modified crops.
This paper looks at the issue of genetically modified food (GM), exploring the medical arguments against eating it as opposed to the benefits proponents claim it has. The writer makes reference to the body, known as CorpWatch, which aims to check corporations who use GM food to profit on the lack of certain foods in Third World countries. As GM crop growing is relatively new, much of the research is based on theory rather than fact, and the writer points out that it may take years to truly know the effects of eating and producing GM foods, both on those who eat it and the land that is used to grow it.
“Proponents state that genetically modified plants enhances biodiversity by allowing weeds to continue growing for longer, (because the less need for herbicides) thus providing nutrition for animals. Genetically altered plants designed to resist insect manifestation will help reduce use of insecticides also increases insect diversity. Increased crop yields and crops altered to grow in climates that are harsher then their natural cousins, it is argued, will help feed the world’s poor, in part by making currently harsh soils and / or environments less of a factor in raising food crops. (Carr 2000) Additionally, genetically modified plants often use bacteria or other organisms to shuttle the genes into the target organisms. Having the genes that make them dangerous removed or disabled cripples these vectors.”