The Biotech Series: The Red Flag
the unknown surrounds the growth of modified crops largely because there isn’t
enough evidence of their safety in terms of human health and our environment.
The science has no guarantees, with some claiming that scientists are playing God introducing new crop species into the ecosystem with little knowledge about future impact
Since these crops are produced for human consumption, there are unanswered concerns about the effects these improvements have on the health of those who use the products. Already Scientists have found out that genetically modified plants have harmful effects on the lifespan of at least some insects species and experiment mice and rabbits.
The major debate on biotechnology lies in the transfer of DNA from dissimilar organisms without knowing the long-term consequences. Ethical issues have also emerged, as using DNA from certain animals on plants may be offensive to some religions.
In general engineered crops have proven to be genetically unstable, failed to do what they were designed to do, are a risk to human health especially in human developing allergies and a host of other unknown consequences only time can tell.
On the environment front, there are fears that there is uncontrolled spread of genetically engineered genes to indigenous plants, increased toxicity, which may move through the food chain, create new weeds or virus strains and disruption of nature’s system of pest control.
A single gene mutation may send the world into a spin and these concerns whether real or imagined needs to be addressed before we wholly believe that the gene revolution is the future