The Different Problems With GMO’s

shutterstock_126284900Genetically modified organisms or GM plants have become quite a fiery issue nowadays. Those who support it say that it is the answer to better crop harvest and management. Others who do not believe in it, say otherwise. GM plants have been cultivated for several decades now. However, it is only recently that the newer GMO’s are building up more and more negative news. There seems to be several problems that surround GMO’s and the industry it belongs in. Here are just some of them.

The benefits of GMO use have reversed.

One of the problems with GMO use is that the supposed benefits it provides seem to be no longer effective. Firstly, some GM plants were developed in order to lessen insecticide use. It certainly was effective during the first several years of cultivation. But as the GM plant’s pests develop an unforeseen resistance to the plant’s protective functions, farmers are forced to use even more insecticides than before. This has become a growing problem among many farms that cultivate GM plants.

Biotech industry is veiled in a certain level of secrecy.

One reason why you do not always find many troubling news about GMO’s is that information about the industry is not always open. Public opinion is somewhat mixed because people do not always get full information of what they need to know to determine where they stand. There seems to be a degree of secrecy that the biotech industry is hiding behind. What information people get only try to highlight the benefits and the best features that GMO’s can offer. The possible consequences of use or the negative effects are always downplayed. It is difficult to go against a powerful biotech industry and it seems to be working on their favor.

Patented seeds stifle diversity and research.

The use of GMO’s for cultivation makes use for patented seeds. These seeds are proprietary technology products that biotech companies hold. This means farmers cannot just grow them as they wish. The seeds need to be bought. And with major seed banks in the US nowadays only plan on selling GM crop seeds, farmers are faced with fewer choices. Soon enough, most farms will be cultivating the same seeds with decreasing diversity. The same proprietary property issue also prevents scientists from making studies over the seeds. While it may protect the biotech companies from the impact of negative study results, it also hides the potential negative and sometimes harmful, consequences due to the lack of further study of certain GM plants.

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