Reasons Why GM Crops Are Not Necessary

shutterstock_199443881GM crops have proliferated among many countries today. Despite the many praises heaped on this new wave of crops, there are still many concerns regarding their safety and necessity. Many say that they provide benefits both to the farmers and the consumers. But do they really? Or is everything just a marketing gimmick to get more farmers to plant them and for the biotech industry to profit and prosper? There are also many reasons why GM crops may not be that necessary today. Here are some of them.

GM crops do not provide better nutrition.

Despite what you may have heard, there is no distinct difference between GM and non-GM crops in terms of nutritive value. But the recent GM crops have not succeeded in trying to show that they can provide benefits with higher nutrient content compared to similar naturally-occurring crops. One of the most recent crops is the purported Golden Rice that is said to contain more beta carotene to serve the needs of malnourished populations in developing countries. But scientists have failed to provide proof that this GM crop can provide what it says it can. In tests, people need to eat Golden Rice in kilograms per day in order to get their daily beta carotene requirement.

GM crops can destroy plant natural diversity.

One of the problems with GM crops is that they cannot co-exist with other natural crops. Once they are cultivated out in the open, it is next to impossible to contain or control them. They can spread through the area through cross-pollination as well as self-propagation. In a way, planting GM crops can cause a cross-contamination with natural organic crops during harvest and production. Eventually, people may need to settle with producing or consuming produce possibly contaminated by these GM crops.

GM crop cultivation has led to the existence of superweeds.

Prior to being cultivated in the open, many companies were convincing farmers that using GM crops will result in less herbicide use to control pests. But the opposite seems to have happened lately. GM crops can thrive on powerful herbicides and are supposed to get rid of the weeds that interfere with them. What has happened lately is that some weeds have eventually become resistant to the powerful herbicides and gave way for the development of superweeds. This resulted in farmers actually using more and more herbicides to control the pests as well as the need for more powerful herbicides.

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