World hunger is still a perennial problem in most parts of the world. Biotechnology has provided a possible solution through the development of genetically modified crops, known to be the superplants of the future. Genetic modified crops, according to many proponents, will be the answer to the problem posed by a vast shortage of food in different parts of the world.
The advent of the so-called “superplants” has generated a lot of excitement all over the world, especially in developing countries facing a hunger crisis. The promise of better GM plant strains that are able to provide bigger and better harvests for farmers that will be able to feed more of the population has become too irresistible an opportunity to set aside. But there are questions that still remain unanswered that is worrying others, even through all the buzz surrounding the many benefits that genetically modified plants are said to offer.
There are fears that still surround the biotechnology world about GM or genetically modified plants. With promises of being able to end world hunger, still there are others who fear that such plants may also bring about new problems that may need some looking into. One of the fears stem from GM plants being being bred to become more weed and pest resistant.
Opponents believe that this will, in time, bring about the development of super weeds as well as super pests that become resistant to conventional and even the strongest herbicide and pesticide products. Many also fear that such super plants may be able to unintentionally cross-pollinate with natural plants and will eventually eradicate such plant strains in a certain area by being replaced with a crossbreed plant strains. There are also others that worry about super plants being able to upset the delicate balance in nature with grave and unforeseen consequences.
All these concerns have somewhat hampered the quick propagation of GM crops all over the world. The only answer it seems is that scientists must first be able to provide an answer to all the fears and concerns that GM opponents have with such plants and crops.
Seems like until then, not all people may welcome the idea of the super plants to be the solution to all the problems of world hunger. Such dreams may be put by the wayside for the meantime, that is until scientists and GM proponents are ready with the answers and the solutions that will ease the worries and change the minds of people opposed to the worldwide distribution of GM strains of super plants.