Genetically modified or GM plants have been widely publicized as the future in agriculture. Many believe that it may help improve crop harvests and farm productivity by developing genetically modified crops that can either resist pests or chemicals. But despite the promise that GM crops may offer, there are still doubts that linger among a number of people as well.
With scientists and companies experimenting with genetically modifying and engineering a variety of organisms, there are a lot of people that may still find it disturbing to manipulate them artificially and away from the usual natural selection. By dabbling with the genes of organisms, some believe that there might be considerable risks involved.
Even minor changes in the genetic makeup done artificially in the lab may potentially have serious ramifications later in the future. The problem with this is that the consequences may appear several years later and not just in a matter of days. For many, the risks involved with GM crops prove to still be quite high as compared to the possible benefits that they may provide.
The large part of the problem may lie in the companies that deal with developing and introducing GM crops in the market. The fact that these companies depend on GM plants and crops as a major source of revenue will act upon their best interests to have these plants introduced to the public as quickly as possible.
Research and the science behind genetic modification can be come quite costly and these companies may want to have their products sell into the market in order to profit from them. This thinking can sometimes go into the extreme that some companies may already be more focused on their sources of revenue without regard for safety. Some companies may already have been quite guilty about this.
GM Cotton Failure
The consequences behind GM crops and the possible ramifications can never be more evident than in the failure of Bt cotton, a transgenic crop developed by bio tech giant Monsanto. Bt cotton was developed to produce Bacillus thuringiensis, a bacteria that also acts as a biological insecticide. Bt cotton has been widely planted since its introduction in 1996 along with other transgenic crops having the same function.
But then by 2009, Bt cotton has began a downward spiral as pests that it was tasked to eliminate began to develop a resistance for it. It was after more than a decade that the effects of such GM crops have finally caught up. Even its maker has admitted to its failure already. With such cases happening, doubts about the effectiveness of GM crops would still prevail.